Large, plain, circular cup with straight tapered sides rounded into a flat bottom on an applied flared base or foot ring. Flattened C-shaped handle has rounded horizontal thumb rest and split scroll lower terminal. Bottom underside struck with incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "+MERIDEN+ / B. COMPANY." in sans serif letters. Part of cup and saucer set, 1979.0170.01-.02.
Maker is Meriden Britannia Company of Meriden, CT; date made needs further research. Meriden Britannia Co. was founded in 1852 and became a subsidiary of International Silver Co. in 1898; International continued to use the Meriden name and mark until at least the 1930s.
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Object Name
date made
Meriden Britannia Company
parent company
International Silver Company
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 12.1 cm x 8.7 cm; 3 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 3 7/16 in
overall: 3 1/8 in x 4 5/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 11.7475 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mr. & Mrs. Paul McElroy
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