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ATTRIBUTION OF TWO SINGLE-DIE-STRUCK PATTERNS
Over the years I’ve looked for the two related “LEAF & BERRY” single-die-struck (*) patterns shown in Fig 1. At first I believed that I would find other leaf and berry motifs and thought of them
as parts of a multi-motif pattern, but as time has passed, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are only two variants, so I simply called them "LEAF & BERRY #1" and "LEAF & BERRY #2." However,
at this point they probably should be rechristened--as "STRAWBERRY" and whatever is the first motif’s berry. Readers who are more knowledgeable than I about botanical subjects might let ASCAS know.
At any rate, none of the examples I’ve owned or seen have been marked other than "COIN," sometimes with a number (Fig 2). The pieces seen are varied, from pie knives to sugar sifters,
berry spoons to fancy ladles, and some--e.g., the pie knives--have differing implement ends. Other than a youth set, I have never seen place pieces, however.
As my experience with the patterns broadened, I studied the utensil ends, some of which are quite distinctive. A special study was made of pickle sets, since the blades and tines all
seemed to be consistent. At that point I realized that what I was seeing were Knowles and Ladd pickle set utensil ends. For comparison, see Fig 3, which shows pickle sets in CRETE and QUEEN as well as both
"LEAF & BERRY" patterns. The two former patterns are known to be by Knowles & Ladd and introduced ca. 1865-70.
Once started on comparisons, I found other implement end matches. Also, K&L were known to stamp single or double numbers on their patterns, probably as journeyman’s marks.
As a side note, every so often an engraved pattern that has the "LEAF & BERRY" blank shows up. On an online auction site a few years ago one appeared that was actually marked "K&L" as
well as "COIN" (Fig.4).
If anyone reading this has an example of either of these two single-die-struck patterns with a K&L mark, I would appreciate a picture being sent to ASCAS.
(*) The pattern has only one side, the back being blank.