A master of Victorian engraving, F. Knight created florid ornaments that embody the 19th-century love of the intricate, the fantastic, and the extravagant. This compilation of his engravings presents a versatile selection of borders, frames, scrolls, cartouches, arches, corners, and crests, in motifs featuring floral, animal, fantasy, and rococo patterns.
Richly detailed compendium offers glimpses of social history as reflected by historical periodicals, trade catalogs, architectural graphics, William Morris patterns, Crystal Palace exhibits, and many other sources. Includes color and black-and-white images, detailed bibliographies, and artist biographies.
American Firearm Manufacture, Design, and Artistry, 1800–1900
Author: Richard C. Rattenbury
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
The history of American firearms is inseparable from the history of the United States, for firearms have played crucial roles in the nation’s founding, westward expansion, and industrial, economic, and cultural development. This history unfolds in compelling words and images in A Legacy in Arms, a volume that draws upon the collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City to trace the business and art of gun making from the early national period to the turn of the twentieth century. With more than 200 images—almost all in full color—A Legacy in Arms not only documents the inspiration and innovation of arms makers from individual artisans to mass producers, but also describes the development of decorative expression in the gun maker’s art. In an account both entertaining and enlightening, Richard C. Rattenbury details the development of commercial arms making, from the genesis of the Kentucky rifle to the arms of such iconic manufacturers as Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Sharps, Marlin, and Winchester. Into this narrative he weaves the particulars of design evolution and the impact of mass production via the “American System.” The accompanying photographs and illustrations stand as eloquent testimony to the range and richness of the gun maker's craft—and its rightful place in the story of American industry and culture.
88 royalty-free drawings of 40 plants and flowers — Daffodil, Apple and other more or less familiar species — distinguished by their grace, impeccable draftsmanship, and botanical accuracy. Extensive texts include botanical history, peculiar characteristics, folklore, poetic renderings, and more. An artist's sourcebook imbued with the spirit of poetry!