Krider, Peter Antique Coin Silver Buckwheat Pancake Server, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1860
This lovely server comes housed in its original box. Although originally used for serving small flapjacks, the round, flat blade lends itself to being used for a variety of foods. The blade and handle are beautifully engraved with aesthetic scrolling foliate designs.
During the third quarter of the 19th century, buckwheat pancakes (also known as "dollar pancakes" due to their smaller size) were the rage. This server is an early example of the servers made in the late 19th century to accommodate food fashion.
Peter Krider was one of the finest silversmiths working in Philadelphia during the 19th century. After serving an apprenticeship with the noted Philadelphia firm of R. & W. Wilson, he worked for the important Boston silversmith Obadiah Rich. Returning to Philadelphia, he started his own firm in the early 1850's. His shop excelled at casting, and was one of the largest medal making firms in the country - commissioned to make award medals for the Centennial Exposition in 1876 and others. They produced exceptional pieces which can be found in many museum collections.
Provenance: Collection of Dale E. Bennett
This wonderful server is marked 'P.L.K.' It measures 8.75 inches long, weighs 2.35 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent antique condition. The original box is wonderful to have. However, its condition is not very good.