PLATED BOXED SET -12- 'BEAD' BREAKFAST/TEA KNIVES
“Bead” was perhaps introduced by John Polhemus, but it certainly was made by several others and became a 'standard pattern' in the coin period – a Pointed Antique handle outlined with beads and topped by foliage. Like many of those patterns, it crossed over into plate and was made by many manufacturers. These knives are 7.5 in. long and are are marked for JF Curran & Co. (NY) which survived for only about 10 years, about 1865-1875. They are marked A1 – the superior quality for plating. While the paper hinging has failed, the hooks are firm and hold the box (8” x 6” x 1.25”) together. It has protected the knives beautifully for many years – they are little used and very, very presentable. The paper coating of the wooden box has worn areas, but the inside is in great shape. There is no monogram.