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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Metalsmiths (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615805299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615805290
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,146,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aidan J. Breen. Is a Dublin native trained in his craft by a traditional seven year apprenticeship. “As a young lad, I was always fascinated with the ancient and medieval treasures on display at the National Museum in Kildare Street. This was a place I frequently visited on weekends and still often go for inspiration.” Since 1979 he has run his own business, Aidan Breen Gold and Silversmith in Swords, County Dublin. Dr. E. Mairi MacArthur is from an Iona family and has written extensively about the local history of the island and its people. Her book Iona Celtic Art. The Work of Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie, published by The New Iona Press, is a very thorough history of Iona jewellery. She is a graduate of St Andrews University and later undertook her doctoral research into Iona at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Tara Kelly is an independent art historian and curator. Her dissertation at Trinity College, Dublin focused on copies of Irish archaeological jewellery and metalwork made in Dublin between 1840 and 1940. Her research into the production methods, marketing strategies and distribution of copies of Irish antiquities represents a significant advancement in our knowledge of this industry. Stephen Walker is a goldsmith specializing in Celtic design. He is a graduate of Syracuse University earning his Masters of Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. With his wife Susan they run Walker Metalsmiths, established 1984 in Andover, New York and a second showroom in Fairport , New York

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elise lindsel on 24 Oct. 2013
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This has non-comprehensive illustrations, rather blurry, that you shall have seen, elsewhere, if already interested in the subject.
The text is suitable for those who do not wish for a great deal of information, or any, in depth. It is interesting and written in an accessible way, and probably a very good introduction to the subject, but not at this cost.It has some 70 pages. If you are selling such items, it provides valuable historical background to aid a sale at a cost of very little time spent in reading and is easily assimilated.
My review is coloured by that cost. I feel that my money was not well spent. I was disappointed that there are only 2 illustrations of modern, crafts pieces in spite of the booklet covering up to 1980, according to its title.
There appears to be a lack of understanding of how the pins functioned. Only page 42 has the tip of the pin shown in the correct position; fabric was passed through the hoop of the brooches, from behind, slid onto the pin, then the weight of the fabric pulled the tip of the pin against the front of the hoop, securing the brooch.Where fabric was too thick for this, it was slid onto the pin, and the penannular hoop slid round under the tip of the pin to make it secure.
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On The Modern History of Celtic Jewellery (book review) 25 Aug. 2013
By Lynnette Brash - Published on
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The book is available for purchase in both of the Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry locations in upstate NY as well as on Amazon, which is how I bought it prior to my visit to see the exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit is over now and can't be seen in person anymore, BUT you can read all about it and see the gorgeous pictures of individual items in the book! The book is paperback, but I am proud to add it to my personal library nonetheless. It is well worth ordering for anyone with a serious interest in Celtic art, Celtic history, Celtic jewelry, and/or Celtic craftsmanship. Specifically Irish sections include chapters on "The Claddagh Ring" and "Commercial Facsimiles of Irish Archeological Jewellery, 1840-1868". There's also an entire chapter devoted to Aidan Breen's memories of what the silver trade was like in Dublin in his early days in the business. The specifically Scottish sections include chapters on "The Highland Dirk as Jewellery", "Scottish Pebble Jewellery", "Luckenbooth brooches", and "Post WWII Scottish Celtic Jewellery". Celtic Cross jewelry and marker's marks and hallmarks are covered as well. The Continuum, Glossary, and Bibliography sections will also be of great interest to anyone fascinated by Celtic culture. The book makes a great present, especially if you can visit one of Stephen Walker's shops; he will be happy to personally inscribe it to whomever you want for whatever occasion you wish. I bought several copies and had Stephen inscribe them for that exact purpose, and the various recipients were each delighted.
Excellent Resource 26 May 2013
By Jeanne H. Walker - Published on
This book offers several perspectives on modern Celtic art from the first hand account of Aidan Breen and to the more scholarly approach of Tara Kelly. There are wonderful pictures of the pieces that are referenced in the text which show the true beauty of modern Celtic art. The authors' references also give the reader a good place to start if they wish to research the subject further.

Overall the book is a solid source for those wishing to know more about the recent history of Celtic art/jewelry. It is very well done and informative.
Good for jewelry history, not so much for craftsmen 27 May 2013
By Rick Cook - Published on
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This looks at the jewelry of the Celtic Revival from 1840 to 1980. As a history of the jewelry of the period it's pretty good. But craftsmen will find it short on how-to-material. Lots of color pictures, however.
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