Spoon Holder

Spoon Holder

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Two-handled, circular spoon holder on four legs ending in lion's paw feet decorated with stamped and 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 at 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.
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.
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Object Name
holder, spoon
date made
ca 1870
Date made
patent date
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
place owned; place used
United States: New England
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplate (overall production method/technique)
overall: 5 1/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 13.0175 cm x 18.0975 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Bequest of The Misses Long
Coffee Drinking
Tea Drinking
Patent Medicine
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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