COIN ALBERT COLES 'JENNY LIND' YOUTH KNIFE, FORK
Albert Coles (1815-1885) must have attended one of the early concerts given by Jenny Lind upon her arrival in New York, where Coles worked, in 1850; his pattern is generally placed in that year. Known as the “Swedish Nightingale,” Jenny Lind won an immediate place in the hearts of Americans, not only for her voice but also for her philanthropy for which was deemed virtuous. Many places and objects were named after her. Coles' tribute in creating the double-struck Jenny Lind pattern took the Olive prototype which had emerged 3 years prior and gave it an almost laurel-like character which was subsequently interpreted by many others. The coin knife and fork are hollow handled and structurally very good; there are shallow dents in the handles commensurate with their age (see photo); the blades have no chips or pits. A script monogram MPG is engraved on the front. Albert Coles' mark is on the knife. The knife is 7-1/8 in., and6-1/8 in.; the total weight is 76 g.