Hot Water Urn

Two-handled, ovoid hot water urn with incurved neck and low-domed cover topped by a cross-and-flared-square finial on four legs ending in lion's paw feet. Flat-chased mimosa foliage on body and a curvilinear cross design on lid. 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. Double-baluster spigot has twist handle with knobs. Circular frame riveted to interior of legs holds a removable, scroll-handled, single-wick spirit burner. Underside of concave base is struck incuse with a circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
urn, hot water
date made
ca 1871
Meriden Britannia Company
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
bone (knobs material)
overall: 14 3/4 in x 12 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 37.465 cm x 31.75 cm x 26.035 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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