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Krider & Biddle, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Mug

Krider & Biddle, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Mug
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One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hollan and she gives dates 1858-c1870.

This period fits the style of this 3" tall at the rim, 3 3/8" to the highest point of the handle, 2 1/2" bottom diameter, 2 1/4" top span, and 3 3/8" reach at the widest to the tip of the handle, somewhat light, 2.7 T. oz., mug.

It has an overall satin finish on a tapered body with widened bands top and bottom. The entire surface has very fine bright cutting employing rosettes and leafy details. The bands have knurled surfaces that are accented with a stylized leaf and berry design.

The interior has a bright gold wash.

The face has an elegant, fancy feathered script "J McD Jr" monogram.

The scroll handle is hollow and substantial.

This is in as close to the condition it was when presented to young master "J McD" as possible. The engraving remains crisp and the finish is brilliant. The handle is intact and free of dents or splits. There is one small surface dimple toward the base, and this is the only detail about this that is other than mint.

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