Butter Dish

Butter Dish

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Description
Two-handled circular butter dish with tall, straight-sided, round-top cover topped by a cast standing horned cow on four splayed legs with masks of a helmeted, bearded man above scroll feet; a removable pierced liner fits inside dishl. Top of cover has stamped and chased mimosa foliage forming an empty reserve at front. Two animal- or grotesque-mask handles and V-ended butter knife holder are attached at patterned band on dish. Dish is struck incuse on the underside of its flat bottom with a circular mark containing a pointed shield bordered by "MERIDEN / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters above "4911". Cover and liner not marked. No butter knife.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dish, butter
date made
ca 1871
maker
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 15.875 cm x 20.955 cm x 17.145 cm
ID Number
1984.0424.02
accession number
1984.0424
catalog number
1984.0424.02
Credit Line
Gift of Insilco Corporation
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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