Peter Krider Antique Coin Silver Medallion Serving Spoon, Philadelphia, PA, c. 1865

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This multi-functional serving spoon has a wonderful, applied portrait medallion of a warrior with a bird of prey atop his helmet. The oval bowl has a shaped upper edge and a smooth bottom edge for scooping and serving. The interior of the bowl is gilt and engraved with aesthetic movement decoration.

Originally from Philadelphia, Peter Krider apprenticed with John Curry and R. & W. Wilson. He later was a journeyman for Obadiah Rich, Boston's leading silversmith of the time. He returned to Philadelphia and started his shop in the 1850s, ultimately becoming one of Philadelphia's most important silversmiths. His shop produced particularly fine castings, and they were one of the country's largest medal-making firms, making award medals for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and many other exhibitions (see The Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, p. 186).

This wonderful server is marked underneath with '*P.L.K.' It measures 9.25 inches long, weighs 2.85 troy ounces, and is in very good antique condition.