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Silver Novelties in the Gilded Age, 1870-1910 by Deborah Crosby pictures and discusses small figural silver items, from souvenir spoons, tea balls, and napkin rings to nutmeg graters, pens, match safes, belt buckles, and much more. A good beginning reference book that includes an index and a bibliography for further study. (Schiffer, Atglen, PA, c2001, 240 pages, $49.95); available at

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