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Langdon Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Silverwork; Silverware; Silverwork, Canadian; Hallmarks; Goldwork

John Langdon first became interested in silver hallmarks in the 1930's when he discovered similar marks being used by Canadian and English silversmiths. This interest lead him to collect books on English hallmarks and finding no real sources for Canadian smiths, to do his own researches on the subject. This research resulted in his writing four books on Canadian silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers and in this collection of books on silver, which was donated to the Fisher Library in 1978.

This collection was described by one appraiser as being the finest library, public or private, of books on silver. It includes close to 1 000 books and pamphlets on silver and silversmiths from around the world. Many of the books were published in limited editions and went quickly out of print. Many were presented to Mr. Langdon and have the additional interest of having been annotated by him.

English and French predominate. Selected foreign language material is also included.

1 000 items (approximately).

Bibliographic Access

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at the moment.