Napkin Ring

Figural napkin ring of a stork standing on one leg with its neck extended over the cylindrical oval holder and its other leg resting on its side; heavy circular base imitates foliated ground. Front of ring stamped with an asymmetrical design featuring a diagonal band and flowers. Underside of base is struck with an incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters above "163".
Maker is Meriden Britannia Company of Meriden, CT. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ring, napkin
date made
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 7.8 cm x 6 cm; 3 1/16 in x 2 3/8 in
overall: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 8.255 cm x 7.9375 cm x 6.0325 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
ID Number
catalog number
accession 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
Gift of Mrs. Bessie E. Law
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