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A New Touchstone for Gold and Silver Wares

Badcock, William

ISBN 10: 0716500566 / ISBN 13: 9780716500568
Published by NY: Praeger (1970) photographed facsimile of 2nd ed, 1679., 1970
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The first section by 17th century goldsmith William Badcock informs dealers how to ascertain the quality of the metals in their wares to protect the purchaser from fraud. included are early statutes controlling and regulating the manufacture and sale of gold and silver wares, legal redresses it the wares were deficient, description of the touch-stone method of testing these wares and more. This followed in the 2nd section by an appendix by John Reynolds, an assayer of the mint in the Tower of London, comprised of tables showing how gold and silver could be brought up to the standard of purity by adding or subtracting alloy. Frontis, 218 pp + 151 pp. F/VG (edge chips). Bookseller Inventory # 183

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Title: A New Touchstone for Gold and Silver Wares

Publisher: NY: Praeger (1970) photographed facsimile of 2nd ed, 1679.

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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1970 Limited Edition of 100 copies. A Deluxe facsimile of the 1679, second edition, of Badcock's classic work, followed by a second section, by John Reynolds of the Mint of the Tower of London, with tables showing how gold and silver could be brought up to the standard of purity then current "with Questions wrought by The Golden Rule: Also by Decimal Tables." Bound in russet Niger Morocco by Desmond Smith at the Irish University Press bindery.

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