Book Reviews

NARRAGANSETT SILVERSMITHS The Silversmiths of Little Rest, by William Davis Miller, limited edition of 250 copies, facsimile of 1928 original. 1992. 50 pages. $65. (JCK Data Center NY-005) This book will have special meaning to you if you've ever visited Little Rest (now called Kingston), R.I., where worked six silversmiths herein described. The silversmiths served the wealthy farmers who lived in this sparsely populated Narragansett Bay community in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The culture of the Narragansett planters was more akin to that of the South than New England. The silversmiths had a lower public profile than their competitors in nearby Newport and Boston. However, they did beautiful work, similar in style and proportion to that of Paul Revere and other early New England silversmiths. A chapter is devoted to the life and work of each craftsman: Samuel Casey, the

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