Napkin Ring

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ring, napkin
date made
1875-1885
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
Measurements
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
DL*292635.0001
catalog number
292635.0001
accession number
292635
subject
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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