Creamer

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Description
Ovoid creamer with incurved neck on four legs ending in lion's paw feet; flat-chased mimosa foliage on its body. Square, inset, curved spout. Sharply-angled handle, square in section, has a scroll-ended upper terminal and square-and-scroll lower terminal. Circular lion's masks are at top corners of handles and middle of leg mounts. Underside of flat bottom is struck incuse with a circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMP[AN]Y" in sans serif letters; "PATENT APPLIED FOR" is stamped above and "1877" below. From a six-piece coffee and tea service, 1984.0424.13-.18.
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
date made
1871
patent date
1870-07-19
maker
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 5 3/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.6525 cm x 16.1925 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
1984.0424.16
accession number
1984.0424
catalog number
1984.0424.16
Credit Line
Gift of Insilco Corporation
subject
Beverages
Coffee Drinking
Tea Drinking
Patented
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Data Source
National Museum of American History