Old Set of Coin "Beaded" Forks, Spoons - Philadelphia
“Beaded” became a “standard pattern” – that is, there were many makers and versions from ca. 1850 through the coin period. Philadelphia's is distinguished by the inclusion of a fleur de lys at the top and bottom of the handle. This group bears the mark of Philadelphia retailer C. Bard & Son. There is wear to the pattern, more on the forks than the spoons (see enlargements; the first 2 pics are the forks, the next 3 the spoons). The group is structurally sound – that is, there are no bends or damage, and all pieces nest well – but there is wear to the pattern, more on the forks than the spoons. Still, this variant is harder to come by. The spoon bowls have very little denting – probably owing to their heavy weight. There are monograms, not clear (see enlargements). If you would like more photos, please ask.... Included are 6 forks, 7-7/8 in. (350 grams) and 10 spoons, 6-1/8 in. (254 grams).