This very heavy tray seems has intriguing history behind it. It was given as a gift by the workers of US Patent Office in 1869.
It is in excellent condition, just normal wear scratches. The tray has a mark of American silver maker Henry Semken (1855-1889). There are also letters K & B for Krider & Biddle who used this mark between 1860 and about 1870. Peter L. Krider was in business in Philadelphia around 1850. John W. Biddle became a partner in 1859 and the name of the business became Krider & Biddle in 1860. It was sold to new owners about 1870
and the name was changed, reference: kovels/collectors-questions/krider-biddle-silver
Length of the tray: ~16.0 inches, width: 11.5 inches, weight: 37.0 oz.
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