Unusual Peter Krider, Phila., Solid Sterling Knife
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This item made by Philadelphia's Peter Krider appears to stand in a category of its own. It is large at 8 1/4" long, quite heavy at 2.1 T. oz., and proportionately thick. It is solid sterling silver, all set on a horizontal plane. It may be a fish or master butter knife.
It has an angular blade with a beveled lower edge, and an overall sweeping form. Both sides of the handle, and the front side of the blade, are engraved with flora details that include lilies of the valley and fern leaves, and stylized elements that draw from Aesthetic sensibilities. Indeed, the piece in its entirety embodies the Aesthetic mode, and its likely 1870-80 date conforms with that. The handle has an Old English "P" monogram.
It is in excellent condition. The form is flawless, free of bends, burrs, or nicks. The engraving shows some softening from polishing over time.
Marks are the three part "lion, K, crown" Krider emblem, and the word "Sterling."