on 1 October 2014
This book is extremely useful for identifying American silver makers , particularly for the 19th and 20th centuries. The invaluable feature is the way it lists successive marks for each maker and dates the use of each mark. If you feel lost without the date letters you find on British assay marks, then this book provides an answer. Few American makers had their own date marks but they seem to have go in and out of business, or changed their mark often enough, that you can identify a fairly short period during which some item of American silver was made. Put this together with the shape, style and decoration and you can feel comfortable with identifying the "who" and "when" of American silver.