American coin silver soup ladle in the Kings pattern by Krider and Biddle of Philadelphia, c.1865. The KB with a hammer and engraving tool mark of Krider and Biddle is on the back of the handle. Just above their mark is 925, added later by someone who wanted everyone to know that the ladle wasn't plated. Krider worked in coin silver during his partnership with Biddle, and we are reasonably certain that this ladle is coin. Krider also served in the Union Army during this period while Biddle ran the business.
Their Kings pattern is always distinguishable by he Rossette between the opposing scrolls near the bottom of the double struck design.
This special ladle has a round, scalloped, deeply fluted shell bowl and is 12" long, weighing 157 grams or 5+ ozs. Troy.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.