Salt Dish

Open salt in the form of an open water lily with scrolled stem on a lily pad. Gilt-washed interior. Underside of pad struck with incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "+ MERIDEN + / B. COMPANY." in sans serif letters above "31". Black plastic label embossed "459" adhered on bottom underside.
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
dish, salt
date made
ca 1873
Meriden Britannia Company
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
gold (gilt wash material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 5.3975 cm x 4.445 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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