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John Krider, gunsmith business papers

1839-1937
 Collection
Accession: 0762

Abstract

John Krider (1813-1886) was one of Philadelphia's most prominent gunsmiths during the nineteenth century. L. C. Siner & Co. was the successor company that continued Krider's business into the 1930s. This small collection of business papers documents Krider's and L. C. Siner & Co.'s gunsmith and sporting goods shop. It includes bills and receipts for guns, fishing equipment, ammunition, lumber, and other items sold in the store.

Dates

  • 1839-1937

Creator

Extent

871 item(s)

Biographical Note

John Krider (1813-1886) was one of Philadelphia's most prominent gunsmiths during the nineteenth century.

Krider opened his shop, located at the corner of 2nd and Walnut streets, in 1837, and operated it for most of his career. During the Civil War, he served as sutler to the 4th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps. After the war, Krider concentrated his work on breech-loading shotguns for sportsmen. He also sold other sporting goods, such as fishing tackle and sporting trophies, and engaged in taxidermy. After Krider's death in 1887, the business was carried on by John T. Siner (1821-1902). Around 1903, Leander C. Siner (1851-1942) and Charles Mohr (1867-?) assumed control as L. C. Siner & Co. and continued the business into the 1930s.

Scope and Contents

This small collection of business papers documents Krider's and L. C. Siner & Co.'s gunsmith and sporting goods shop. It includes bills and receipts for guns, fishing equipment, ammunition, lumber, and other items sold in the store. Correspondence includes letters from E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company, H. & D. Arms Company of New York, the A. H. Fox Gun Company of Philadelphia, and other manufacturers. There are also items relating to Krider's membership in the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

John Krider, gunsmith business records (Accession 0288), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

John Krider business records (Accession 0680), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

John Krider receipt book (Accession 0720-V), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
John Krider, gunsmith business papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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