“Antique Enameled Jewelry” by Dale Reeves Nicholls with Robin Allison, 192 pages, full color, hardback. ISBN: 0-7643-191-4, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 4880 Lower Valley Rd., Atglen, PA 19310
This is the first book to focus exclusively on enameled jewelry. It contains a list of 77 manufacturers, going back to the late 1880s, with a list of makers’ marks for about half of them. Another list provides names, and contact information, of 17 current dealer who purchase and sell antique enameled jewelry. Very helpful is a price guide and a chapter on how to collect – with to look for 0 hot to find it. Over 450 color photographs with descriptions, size, history and present location of each piece. Attention is given to significant developments in enameling techniques, and to the symbolism found in Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Arts and Crafts jewelry design during the nineteenth century and later. The most active manufacturers were from the United States, England, Germany, France, and Norway. This is an important reference for jewelry designers, historians, and collectors. And, above all, it is a great source of idea for the working enamelist! A great addition to your library.