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Tennessee Silversmiths

Caldwell, Benjamin

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ISBN 10: 0945578016 / ISBN 13: 9780945578017
Published by Univ of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1989
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine/as new condition from seller's private collection. 'An original survey of Tennessee silver divided into three chronological periods, outlines the lives of the silversmiths, clock and watchmakers, jewelers, and retailers who worked in Tennessee before 1860, and illustrates their work. Brief biographies gleaned from county records, newspaper notices, and family histories are included. Abundantly illustrated with b&w photos. Oversized, beautiful title. This is a large book and International orders will require additional postage; Size: 9 x 11". Bookseller Inventory # 80820

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Title: Tennessee Silversmiths

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

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Among the artisans who settled and worked in Tennessee from the early 1790s until the Civil War period were tradesmen who made, repaired, plated, and retailed silver, jewelry, clocks, and watches. The geography, history, settlement, and trade patterns of Tennessee, combined with the experiences of the silversmiths themselves, brought about unique regional styles. As the fledgling state matured, so did the products of its silversmiths. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the silversmithing trade in Tennessee increasingly was affected by a dramatic shift in the technology of production. Mechanization, more efficient transportation, and improved communication with the northeast brought a large number of imports into the area and hastened the end of individualistic silver styles in Tennessee.

In this original survey Ben Caldwell divides the study of Tennessee silver into three chronological periods, outlines the lives of silversmiths, clock and watchmakers, jewelers, and retailers who worked in Tennessee before 1860, and illustrates their work. Brief biographies gleaned from county records, newspaper notices, and family histories are included with an introductory description of antebellum Tennessee, its history and demographics. Individual advertisements, marks, and silver are arranged to demonstrate the development of Tennessee silver trade. Caldwell's conclusions about Tennessee silver and its makers, drawn from the presentation of these factors in a cohesive unit, make this book an important part of the study of southern material culture, and an indispensable addition to the history of American silver in general.

About the Author:

Benjamin Hubbard Caldwell, Jr., is a Nashville physician, a Tennessee native, and the author of the pioneering 1971 Antiques article, "Tennessee Silversmiths."

An advanced collector of both American antiques and contemporary art, he has lectured extensively throughout the United States on the subject of Tennessee decorative arts and has acted as a consultant to a number of Tennessee museums. This book is his first and represents over fifteen years of research on Tennessee silversmiths.

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