This book is a must for any collector of spoons or flatware. It is the best book currently on the market for illustrating and describing the major flatware patterns of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The introductory chapters (71 pages) concentrate on the development of the patterns, the manufacture of spoons, spoon makers, hallmarks, provincial flatware, knives, fakes and alterations, and condition.

The bulk of the book (105 pages) concentrates on the patterns from the Trefid pattern of the late 17th century, and the evolutionary steps through Dog nose, Hanoverian, Old English, Fiddle and the multitude of patterns of the 19th Century. The base for much of the book has been taken from the pattern books of Chawner & Co, who were one of the major producers from the late 18th Century onwards. The pattern book of c.1875 is shown illustrating 50 patterns.

The final 39-page section discusses the different types of serving items and miscellaneous pieces, with an interesting section on fancy backs.

It is a well laid out and interesting to read book, with lots of small gems of information. It is a pleasure to read and an extremely useful reference book, especially when attempting to put a name to an unusual pattern that you come across.

The book title suggests that the patterns of the 20th century are included, and although a few are, it does not deal with the proliferation of patterns that came from mass production. 

Rating *****


231 Pages 210 x 270mm

Published: 1983

Publisher: Antique Collectors’ Club Ltd