Coffee Urn

D-handled, coffee or hot water urn with tall cylindrical neck and ovoid lower body on circular, domed pedestal base mounted by four cast elk or stag head's legs with hoof feet; rounded cover is topped by a cube-and-ball finial. Cover, neck and body feature flat-chased curvilinear arches and pendants with shells and rosettes at their centers; body has swags with tassels connecting the pendants and two empty rectangular reserves at front and back. Knuckled-arm spigot has twist handle with bone knobs. Scroll-bracketed circular frame attached to interior of legs holds a removable, scroll-handled, single-wick spirit burner. Underside of base is struck incuse with the circular, balanced-scales-in-shield mark of "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" overstruck by another incuse circular mark for "ROGERS & BRO. / WATERBURY CONN." in serif letters; both above "1874 1/2".
Based on date made, maker is Meriden Britannia Co. of Meriden, CT, for Rogers & Bro. of Waterbury, CT. Rogers & Bro. originally produced flatware only from 1858 to ca. 1874, when they added holloware. Both companies went on to become founding members of International Silver in 1898; Insilco continued to use the Meriden name and trademark until at least the 1930s and the Rogers & Bros. line until ca. 1976.
Currently not on view
Object Name
urn, coffee
date made
ca 1867 - 1871
Meriden Britannia Company
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
bone (knobs material)
cotton (wick material)
overall: 16 7/8 in x 10 3/4 in x 9 7/8 in; 42.8625 cm x 27.305 cm x 25.0825 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
Gift of Insilco Corporation
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