TENNESSEE SILVERSMITHS.

Caldwell, Benjamin Hubbard, Jr. Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts - MESDA.

Published by Winston Salem, NC: published by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts [MESDA] and distributed by the University of North Carolina Press [UNC Press], 1988.
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xi, 216 pages. Hardcover: H 28.5cm x L 22.25cm. Blue dust jacket. Blue cloth. An as new copy which remains in the publisher's original shrink-wrap. With b/w and some color illustrations. An authoritative decorative arts reference in which Caldwell examines Tennessee silver and silversmiths circa 1790 onward to 1860. ISBN 0945578016. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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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Title: TENNESSEE SILVERSMITHS.
Publisher: Winston Salem, NC: published by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts [MESDA] and distributed by the University of North Carolina Press [UNC Press], 1988.

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