Six Bailey, Phila., "Fiddle Thread" Coin Egg Spoons
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Lengthy for egg spoons, each of these six pieces measures 5 1/2" long. They are also relatively heavy, with the set weighing 5.1 T. oz. They all match, are a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," design engraved "TCFL" in a feathered script.
Stamped "Bailey & Co.," along with an "eagle, U, shield" pseudo hallmark, these trace to the Philadelphia firm that eventually became Bailey, Banks & Biddle.
According to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the "U" indicates a coin standard and date to no later than 1858 when Bailey went to a sterling standard. The same source indicates that the company ceased its own silver manufacturing in 1866 or 1867, thereafter operating strictly a retailer.
These are in very fine condition. The oval bowls are all well-shaped and free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The finishes are lustrous, showing only light surfaces scratches consistent with age.