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Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940

Published by GILES in association with the Cincinnati Art Museum

Add to Cart US$100.00

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 416 pages, 279 × 229 mm (9 × 11 in)

Illustrations — 133 colour and 397 b&w illustrations

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£65.00/US$100.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-11-3

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"A vital source for scholars, collectors and enthusiasts of American silver, as well as those interested in American material culture and the development of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century commerce"–Hollie Davis, Antiques And The Arts Weekly

"This well-researched and well-written book will be an invaluable resource for years to come"–Maine Antique Digest 

 "Offers a glimpse into the dazzling history of silver in the Queen City"– artdaily.org

Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940 will add a significant chapter to the history of this noble metal in America” – Donald L. Fennimore, Curator Emeritus, Winterthur Museum

“Beyond just a book about silver, Dehan uses that silver to tell the complex and fascinating story of the development of one of America’s most important cities” – Andrew Richmond, Vice President, Garth's Auction

About the Book

From elegant tea sets to grand goblets, splendid platters and snuff boxes, the Cincinnati Art Museum holds over 400 pieces of silver designed, crafted, and sold in its city. With its founding in 1788, Cincinnati established itself as a leading centre for the luxury silver trade in the United States. Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940 traces the silver industry in the Queen City from the early years of production before the Civil War, through the growth of mechanization and mass production, and into the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco periods.

Two key essays examine the origins, development, structure, and local and national importance of the local silver trade. The volume also includes approximately 150 illustrated, narrative entries on the most active individuals and companies. These entries are richly supplemented with more than 250 colour plates, over 200 maker and retailer hallmarks, and a range of important new archival information, such as illustrations of storefronts, craftsmen and proprietors, period advertisements and sample books. In addition to a bibliography, two appendices present an exhaustive index of other active craftsmen, as well as an inventory of the Museum’s Cincinnati silver collection.

Cincinnati Silver: 1788– 1940 is the first comprehensive volume to be published on this subject in nearly forty years. With stunning colour photography and indepth research, Cincinnati Silver recounts the complex and fascinating story of the development of one of America’s most important cities.

About the Author(s)

Amy Miller Dehan, curator of decorative arts and design at the Cincinnati Art Museum, is the curator of the exhibition that accompanies this volume. She was a part of the curatorial team that developed the Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City (2003), and has developed numerous other exhibitions for the Museum. She has contributed to several publications and was editor of the catalogue Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection (2009). Janet C. Haartz is a retired chemist, research administrator, and author. A collector of nineteenth century decorative arts, she has indulged her passion for history and material culture through the study of nineteenth-century glass and silver since her retirement. Nora Kohl is a curatorial assistant for the decorative arts and design department at the Cincinnati Art Museum.