Keith Pinn's work is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in antiques and their place in history. A fascinating book that reads as well as a historical mystery as a piece of scholarship, the book is a 'quest fo Paktong' the rare alloy pioneered by the Chinese that baffled the west for centuries. Written in Keith's lively and stimulating style the story fairly leaps of the page. I couldn't put it down.
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Very Informative3 Nov. 2000
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Keith Pinn, author of Paktong: The Chinese Alloy in Europe 1680-1820, inherited a collection of Paktong from his father to which he has added pieces and done extensive research resulting in this book. Paktong, a rare Chinese alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel, was imported during the 18th century and used by European craftsman to make wares in imitation of silver. It was not until around 1820 that sucessful attempts to copy Paktong resulted in what is now known as German silver. This book analyzes the Pinn Collection to identify and understand objects made from Paktong and how these differ and can be recognized from those made of German silver.