Napkin Ring with Bud Vase

Napkin Ring with Bud Vase

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Combination oval napkin ring engraved "W.M.C." in script and an opaque black glass bud vase with painted white enamel flowers and traces of gold borders. Ring and vase are attached to an S-scrolled band on four ball feet embellished with violets and four-petaled flowers. Die-rolled, aesthetic-style, asymmetrical geometric and floral patterns encircle the ring while arabesques fill the support band. Base underside is struck with an incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters above "223"; an old rectangular white typescript label is adhered below.
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Object Name
ring, napkin
vase, bud
date made
ca 1880 - 1882
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
glass (vase material)
enamel (vase decoration material)
gold (vase decoration material)
silver plate (holder material)
electroplated (holder production method/technique)
overall: 5 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in; 13.6525 cm x 8.89 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Roger Pryor Templin
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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