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If you are interested in reference material, following please find examples of some of our most often used books and periodicals.  See our Links page for online sources containing profiles and other Divine Antiques related information.  See our Links ~ Other page for additional interesting and informative web resources.


Rainwater, Dorothy  ~  Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, Revised 5th Edition, 2004
This is a very easy to use, comprehensive source of historical and hallmark information for silversmiths and manufacturers.

Hagan, Tere  ~  Sterling Flatware, An Identification and Value Guide, 2004
A well organized, pictorial flatware reference.

Osterberg, Richard  ~  Yesterday’s Silver For Today’s Table, 2001
This is a great full color book, helpful in determining what place pieces were made in various patterns, as well as identifying unusual pieces.

Carpenter, Charles H. Jr.  ~  Gorham Silver, Revised Edition, 1997

A complete identification of patterns, hallmarks, date marks and more.

Pristo, L.J.,  ~  Martele Gorham’s Art Nouveau Silver, 2002

This is a wonderful, extremely informative and detailed resource for Martele’, as well as specials and samples.

Pickford, Ian  ~  Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland, Revised Edition, 2005

A comprehensive 768 page reference guide showing detailed hallmark information.

Tardy  ~  International Hallmarks on Silver, 2005
This is an extensive and very helpful world hallmark collection.

Crosby Forbes, H.A.  ~  Chinese Export Silver 1785 to 1885, 1975

A very hard to find, but excellent and exhaustive study of trade silver, with pictorial hallmark information.


Jones North, Jacquelyne  ~  Perfume Cologne & Scent Bottles, Revised Third Edition, 1999

A beautiful, full color historical reference, with hundreds of photographs.

Ball, Joanne & Torem, Dorothy  ~  Commercial Fragrance Bottles, 1999

This is an extensive pictorial guide, including factice bottles, with designer and manufacturer information.


Silver Magazine is a bimonthly publication featuring antique Colonial American silver,  through the 20th century, as well as English and Continental.  We have subscribed to this magazine for a number of years and just love it, regularly referring to featured articles, auction results or other information such as flatware pattern profiles, where all pieces issued in a particular pattern are outlined.  If you love silver and have not yet seen this publication, check it out.


Kaplan, Arthur Guy  ~  Official Identification & Price Guide To Antique Jewelry, 2005

An excellent pictorial reference, with significant insight into period styles, designs, materials.

Jewelers Circular Publishing  ~  Trade-Marks Of The Jewelry and Kindred Trades, 1896, 1915, 1934, 1950

A useful trade mark and hallmark identification guide for early jewelry, as well as badges, chains, clocks, cut glass, sterling silver, watches and more.

Clements, Monica & Patricia  ~  Cameo Classical To Costume, 2008

This is a full color, comprehensive reference.

Dolan, Maryanne   ~  An Identification and Value Guide Collecting Rhinestone Jewelry. 4th Edition, 1998

A good historical and very good pictorial hallmark reference.

Dubbs Ball, Joanne  ~  Costume Jewelers The Golden Age of Design, 3rd Revised Edition, 2000

This book supplies excellent, informative reviews on individual designers, with multiple large color examples and hallmarks.


Gerson, Roselyn  ~  Vanity Bags & Purses, Revised Edition

A comprehensive reference, with beautiful examples of all types of hand bags, purses, reticules, vanity bags, compacts, necessaires, minaudieres, carryalls, chatelaines and more.

Holiner, Richard  ~  Antique Purses, Revised Edition

History and extensive information on beaded, mesh and enameled bags, with additional coverage of leather, fabric and others.

Ettinger, Roseann  ~  Handbags, Revised 2nd & 4th Editions

An interesting book with lots of photographs and information on early bags up through the 1950’s, including lucite.  

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