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Pure Sea Glass Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004
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"This fascinating coffee table book provides a comprehensive reference on sea glass as well as a soothing, tranquil visit to the seashore through its wonderfully executed photographs.
Readers learn how sea glass is transformed by the rolling waves; natural elements developing its frosted patina and fascinating color." -- Allbooks Review, Shirley Roe "Amazon.com"
"No seaside hotel, motel or B&B should be without this beautifully presented guide book." -- Rebeccas Reads "Amazon.com"
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Pure Sea Glass is a fascinating reference for anyone who loves the coast. Over 150 elegant images by photographer Celia Pearson present some of the best sea glass ever collected, along with a vast array of classical American glassware that is often its source. Using knowledge of tides, weather, prevailing winds, historical records, and boating charts, the reader can learn the most advantageous times and locations to search for sea glass. Pure Sea Glass assists the collector in playing detective using subtle clues regarding color and shape to identify the possible source of sea glass shards, their age, rarity, and historical significance.
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Anyway, this book is written by the person behind that deck. It is spoken of as being THE sea glass book, but it's a little spendy for a casual collector. We aren't obsessed, but we are enthusiastic, so we decided to splurge on the book as a treat. It is worth every dime.
Sure, there are lots of great photos. But there are plenty of books with lots of photos. In fact, and this is the important point, while most other books are mostly nice photos and a cheerful song and dance, this book has so much fascinating info that you will find yourself sitting down and reading at length. There are, in no particular order of priority, tips about locating sea glass, explanations of the subtleties of weathering, a history of glass making and of color and coloring. There are extended reviews of sea glass sources - including bottles, tableware, flat glass, marbles, utility glass, containers, insulators and bonfire glass. There is some consideration of appraising rarity.
Basically, you get over two hundred pages of amiable instruction in the company of a knowledgeable and engaging expert in the field. You come out the other end informed, encouraged, and raring to find that one in a million red piece that will be the center of your collection. You will absolutely have a better understanding of and appreciation of the sea glass you see in shows, and even the sea glass you might have in your own collection. (You will undoubtedly have one, "Oh, so that's what that is!", moment as you read.) Certainly, no other book better balances enthusiasm, information, encouragement, insight and freshness. Like a well weathered cobalt blue piece, this was a happy find.
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