Albert Coles "Leaf" Coin Silver Pickle Knife & Fork
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Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.
The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.
The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time. In this case, the look is quite similar to Polhamus' "Armor."
The blade of the knife is relatively short, with a scalloped upper edge and curved lower edge. The fork is its own style, with three flat tines that curve upward slightly at the tips and with a pierced heel area.
Both pieces have matching, feathered script "CAC" monograms on the handles. The blade of the knife has the Albert Coles pseudo hallmark stamped on it, while the fork is plain.
The condition is very good. The fork tines and the knife blade are free of bends, nicks, or burrs. The filled handles are without dents or splits save for one small spot on flanking sides of the knife handle that has a small pinch. The finishes are lustrous.