American Coin Silver Water Pitcher, Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia, PA, Circa 1855
Peter Krider, born in Philadelphia in 1821, began his life working on a farm. When he was 14, his life changed course when he became an apprentice to a local silversmith named John Curry, after which point he became a journeyman at the factory of R. W. Wilson. Krider later established his own business as a silversmith in 1851.
At its height, Peter L. Krider Co. employed about 35 skilled workers and produced a massive amount of silver flatware, silverware, and hollowware; a number of flatware patterns were even patented by Krider. He was also a distinguished manufacturer of society and exposition medals — at one time, Peter L. Krider Co. was the largest medal plant in the country. He made medals for the National Academy of Design in NY, Massachusetts Humane Society, the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, and many more. He came to be known in the silversmithing trade as “Honest Peter” for his decency as a businessman.
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11 3/8” height, 5 1/4” length, 7” width. 23.36 troy ounces.