Surely the MCN in the sign is composed of glass beads. (The hole in the tabular bead is slotted for a tape and the drop has an early cap; therefore there are at least two early components in the necklace.) Wouldn't a MCN composed of more valuable beads be disassembled and reconstituted as other jewelry or sold as individual pieces? However, except for cut glass beads, I wasn't aware (from reading BCN) that glass beads were used in MCN before 1911. Fred, any thoughts?
From a modern-day perspective, I was surprised to see the whole necklace, except counting beads, incorporated into the sign.