Book Illustration, Reed & Barton, Artistic Workers in Silver & Gold Plate . . . , Specimens of Silver, Engraved, Oxidized and Gold Inlaid Ware
This is a book illustration. It was written by Reed & Barton and published by Reed & Barton. It is dated 1884. Its medium is colored lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.
As a general rule, trade catalogs are one of the few sources (and, often the best) that document products and design from a given time and place. This Reed & Barton catalog presents more than 90 categories of products and 2,300 items that reflect the predominant styles and taste during the height of the Victorian era in the United States. Electroplating and the wider availability of silver made many of these highly ornate objects accessible to the middle class. Although most of the items are designed in the Victorian style, some items trend toward the new movements of Japonisme and aestheticism.
It is credited
Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.