Artists & Designers

Krider, Peter L. (American, 1821-1895)

According to a trade journal obituary, Peter Krider (1821-1895) was born in Philadelphia and worked on a farm until he was fourteen. During the next six years he served an apprenticeship with John Curry, a local silversmith. For a period following, he worked at the factory of R. & W Wilson until he was able to establish his own business in 1851. Besides producing large amounts of solid silver flatware and hollowware, Krider was also an important manufacturer of society and exposition medals which were struck in various metals, including gold, silver, and bronze. That this was a fair-sized firm is indicated by the Federal Industrial Censuses of 1860, 1870, and 1880 and a short description of the premises in Philadelphia's Leading Industries (1866). According to these sources, the business was well capitalized and employed as many as thirty-five skilled workmen. Its products were distributed over a wide geographical area, a large trade being conducted with Kentucky and the southern states at one time. Krider's reputation as a decent and upstanding businessman was so high that he was known in the trade as "Honest Peter."

Excerpt from

Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 155-320.