What the Kovels don't know about antiques," saysHouse Beautiful, "isn't worth knowing." American silver -- from Grandma's coin silver spoon to Art Deco tea sets -- is becoming increasingly popular, and the Kovels have stepped in with a guide to identifying American silver marks. Before collecting another piece of silver, collectKovels' American Silver Marks. Almost everyone owns an old piece of silver. Few know the complete history of the piece.Kovels' American Silver Marksis a simple-to-use guide to identifying marks and monograms that appear on silver. Collectors and dealers can quickly determine the maker of a piece of silver. The listings include working dates, location, mark (if known), and bibliographic references to more than 160 books and articles. Makers working from 1650 to the present are included. More than 10,000 silversmiths are listed in alphabetical order, with a cross-indexing system for monograms and pictorial marks,Kovels' American Silver Marks, likeKovels' New Dictionary of Marks -- Pottery & Porcelain, an equally scholarly and useful book, will become a standard in libraries and museums.Kovel, Ralph M. is the author of 'Kovels' American Silver Marks - Ralph Kovel - Hardcover' with ISBN 9780517568828 and ISBN 0517568829.