Series: Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China
Hardcover: 270 pages
Publisher: Collector Books; 2nd edition (May 1994)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #113,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Houseware & Dining > Porcelain & China #48 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Antiques Care & Reference > Reference #114 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles
This is a great book. It has almost 300 pages of photos and illustrations of the popular collectable pottery made by Hall China of East Liverpool, Ohio. The Whitmyers give us a history of the pottery, a chart of color swatches to use to compare to our collectibles, and an extensive treatment of the various patterns and styles made over the years.They cover the various dinnerware patterns: Ruffled D-Shape, C&D-Shape, E-Shape, the classic Eva Zeisel Shapes, and the Century & Tomorrow's Classic Dinnerware. They cover the kitchenware patterns, the refrigerator ware, the teapots and coffee pots, other products like the punch sets, and shed some light on re-issues and new products.All in all this is an exhaustively thorough reference work, valuable for all, from dealer to novice. If you love collecting Hall China, don't hesitate to buy this book!
This is one of the best collector reference books I have ever seen. It is laid out in an easy to read and refer format and the pictures are fantastic. It contains well over 100 pages on teapots alone. Descriptions are clear, interesting and well written.This is a perfect addition to the Hall China or teapot collector's library.
One of the most beautifully set up collector's books I have seen. The Hall China items are photographed and then all the backgrounds are eliminated and they are arranged "floating" on a solid color background.... just like a color version of a few old Hall China Catalog pages I have framed... only those "old" catalogs were in black and white... to have all the patterns shown in color and arranged this way is a tribute to the Whitmyer's artistry.The scope and number of patterns shown was expanded and the wait for the new edition was worth it! The only complaint I have is the prices, especially on Autumn Leaf, seem to be a bit too low, and some items show values much lower than they regularly sell for on Internet Auction services. One can only hope to buy a Autumn Leaf batter bowl for $2,500!Order it now, I think you will not be disapointed!
The Whitmyers obviously worked for years and simply produced "The Informative Reference" to the wonderful Hall China Company and its long production of products. If you love Hall China, this is the book that you HAVE to have in your library. Packed with facts, photos, information found nowhere else but in this volume. Through the help of dealers, collectors and friends; they were able to show Hall's artistry and employee craftsmanship at its finest.The color photos pop from the pages as the digital up-to-date photo process allows for this volume. It is so wonderful to see so much Hall China and accessories one might never have a chance to see otherwise if it were not included in this book. Hats off to the Whitmyers and all those who allowed them to photograph such fabulous collections.
I am very happy with the book. I collect one of the sets of dishes and have been wanting to purchase the book for sometime. I have spent hours looking at it already and making a list of what items I need to complete my set.
Very informative. Large detailed pictures and most of the patterns are listed. The pricing if off but it tells you about the rarity of various patterns and dating on when the items were being produced.Nice book for collectors to reference their collection.
i bought this for my mom for a Christmas gift, she has been collecting for years but when we are out looking we were always curious which ones were more valuable, or where they priced to high, and did the seller actually know what they're talking about, or just trying to sell us the item. now we know and we LOVE it! we take is with us when we are antiquing and it has been a blast to have! well worth the money. We were slightly disappointing at first because we didn't realize how many different kinds of dishes Hall made and thought this book was just the autumn leaf design, which it is not, but after reading and using the book, we are glad it shows all the different items! it is also very easy to read, and shows the prices for the condition. i would recommend this to people who are beginning to collect, or are looking to sell their pieces!
This is a must have for Hall China enthusiasts. The format is clear and easy to follow. There is so much great information with pictures and pricing info. for a wide variety of Hall China pieces. I carry the book with me whenever I am shopping at Antique Stores looking for Hall China.
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