Sugar Bowl

Two-handled, ovoid sugar bowl with incurved neck on four legs ending in lion's paw feet; flat-chased mimosa foliage on its body. Sharply-angled handles, square in section, have scroll-ended upper terminals and square-and-scroll lower terminals. Circular lion's masks are at top corners of handles and middle of leg mounts. Underside of flat bottom is struck incuse with 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.
Low-domed cover currently on spoon holder 1984.0424 belongs on this sugar bowl 1984.0424.17.
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
bowl, sugar
date made
ca 1871
Meriden Britannia Company
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 6 1/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 15.875 cm x 20.955 cm x 12.065 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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