Butter Dish

Butter Dish

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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.
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Object Name
dish, butter
date made
ca 1871
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
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
accession number
catalog number
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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