- Ovoid creamer with incurved neck on four legs ending in lion's paw feet; flat-chased mimosa foliage on its body. Square, inset, curved spout. Sharply-angled handle, square in section, has a scroll-ended upper terminal and square-and-scroll lower terminal. Circular lion's masks are at top corners of handles and 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. 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.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- coffee and tea service, part of
- date made
- patent date
- Meriden Britannia Company
- place made
- United States: Connecticut, Meriden
- Physical Description
- silver plate (overall material)
- electroplated (overall production method/technique)
- overall: 5 3/8 in x 6 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.6525 cm x 16.1925 cm x 8.89 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of Insilco Corporation
- Coffee Drinking
- Tea Drinking
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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