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Ovoid coffeepot with incurved neck and low-domed, hinged lid 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 handle, square in section and pinned into thin insulators, has a scroll-ended upper terminal and square-and-scroll lower terminal. Circular lion's masks at top corner of handle, sides of S curve spout and middle of leg mounts and sides of the S curve spout. Convex strainer attached inside body at spout. Underside of flat bottom 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" and "6" are below; "33,5" is scratched sideways at right. 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.
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Object Name
date made
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Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
horn (insulators material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 9 3/4 in x 10 in x 5 3/8 in; 24.765 cm x 25.4 cm x 13.6525 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Insilco Corporation
Coffee Drinking
Tea Drinking
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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