Seller: joslinhall (8,385) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 362284464611 “The Old English Plate of the Emperor of Russia” By E. Alfred Jones. Privately printed by W.H. Smith & Son at the Arden Press, Letchworth, and at XCV Fetter Lane, London, in 1909 description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: Noted silver historian E. Alfred Jones’ catalog of the English (and some European) silver in the Czar’s collection held at the Winter Palace and the Kremlin. This remarkable collection of pieces, dating from the late 16th century to the mid-18th, comprised the gifts of a succession of English monarchs to the Czars of Russia, and preserved many pieces which might have been melted down and lost during the Commonwealth period, had they remained in England. An elegantly composed and very handsomely printed book. Charles Oman, in his book, “The English Silver in the Kremlin 1557-1663”, calls Jones' work “an admirable catalogue”, remarking “only occasionally did [Jones] fail to observe an important detail”. Oman does note that Jones lacked access to the Kremlin archives which would throw much light upon the way these pieces came to Russia, but with the Russian Revolution these archives (and the silver itself) would remain closed to Westerners for another 50 years after Jones worked there. E[dward] Alfred Jones [1872-1943] was a prolific writer on antique silver. Born in Llanfyllin, Wales, Jones served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers before launching his career as a researcher and writer on all things antique and antiquarian, most especially silver. One of his specialties became the compilation of sponsored volumes on the silver of specific localities, or diocese, including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, the Cambridge colleges, and American churches, and catalogs of private collections, such as that of the Duke of Devonshire, Baroness James de Rothschild, and the Emperor of Russia. Jones also wrote about furniture, tapestry, enamels, other art objects, and about Loyalists from the American Revolution. Jones was a member of the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and member of the National Art Collections Fund and of the Contemporary Art Society, and was awarded honorary M.A. degrees from the University of Wales and Oxford University. Jones died on August 23, 1943, from injuries received from a fall during a blackout. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. 10.5”x12.5”, lvi + 115 pages, plus 50 black & white plates. Quarter leather and brown cloth, with gilt spine title, as issued. 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Condition: Very Good, Condition: Covers rubbed along the edges, leather scuffed, spine head with minor chipping, tips slightly bumped. Contents clean and fine, hinges tight.