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Meriden Britannia 1835 Series 1800s Silver-plated Creamer Exc Condition

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Meriden Britannia Company

Founded1852 (1852)
FoundersIsaac C. Lewis, L.J. Curtis, W.W. Lyman, Horace Wilcox[1]
Fate1898, became part of the International Silver Company

Meriden, Connecticut


United States

Area served


Key people

Isaac C. Lewis, L.J. Curtis, W.W. Lyman, Horace Wilcox, George R. Curtis, Dennis C. Wilcox[1]
Productssilver products, hollowware and flatware

The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut[1] as a manufacturing company focused on producing wares in britannia metal.

By 1876, the Meriden Britannia Company had grown a great deal and the company made significant efforts at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in that year. The company won the First Place medal for plated wares. According to Sotheby's in New York, "The publicity of the award and the impression the firm made on the fair's 8 million visitors was continued by the catalogues and other intensive marketing; by the end of the 1870s Meriden Britannia Co. was considered the largest silverware company in the world."[2]

By 1891, Meriden Britannia had warerooms in New York (46 East 14th Street, Union Square); Chicago (47 State Street); San Francisco (134 Sutter Street); London, England (7 Cripplegate Buildings, Wood Street, E.C.); and Paris, France (26 Avenue De' L'Opera). The main factories were in Meriden and a branch factory was in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[3]

By 1893, the company had expanded production with its floor surface covering over eight acres of space in downtown Meriden.[1]

In 1898, the Meriden Britannia Company became part of the larger International Silver Company corporation headquartered in Meriden.[4] Afterwards, while part of ISC, many designs were produced under the Meriden Britannia brand with design trade catalogues specifying Meriden Britannia wares.

Meriden Britannia Company designs are included in many museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA; Jewish Museum, New York; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Wolfsonian FIU, Miami Beach, FL; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.[5]

Recent museum exhibitions featuring Meriden Britannia designs include Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (2008–12) at the Yale University Art Gallery, and travelled to Louisville, KY; Seattle, WA; and Birmingham, AL. In 1994-95, Meriden Britannia was included in the Dallas Museum of Art's Silver in America, 1840-1940: A century of splendor exhibition, and in 1986-87 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition In pursuit of beauty: Americans and the Aesthetic Movement. In 1985, Meriden Britannia was included in a special exhibition at the Palácio Nacional da Ajudo, Lisbon, Portugal, which was organized on the occasion of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the First Lady's visit to the city.[5]


  1. ^ abcdD.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations". Boston, MA; page 211.
  2. ^(Undated). "Philadelphia Exposition of 1876: A Monumental American silver-plated 'Chief and Squaw' centerpiece, Meriden Britannia Company, Meriden, CT, the figures attributed to Theodore Baur, 1876. Sotheby's website. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^Meriden Britannia Company. (1891). Gold and silver plate. Staple goods [catalogue no. 35]. 58 pp. Held at the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^(undated). "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut libraries website. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  5. ^ ab(March 14, 2016). "Meriden Britannia Company designs in collections, at auction, and in exhibitions". artdesigncafe. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
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Q: I am looking for information on Meriden silver plate. I have two large goblets and a 1-quart flagon. The bases are marked "Made and Guaranteed By" over a circle with a scale and the words "Meriden B. Company" inside. K.K., Markleysburg, Pa.

Q: I am looking for information on Meriden silver plate. I have two large goblets and a 1-quart flagon. The bases are marked "Made and Guaranteed By" over a circle with a scale and the words "Meriden B. Company" inside. K.K., Markleysburg, Pa.

A: Before the late 1830s, the only methods of creating relatively inexpensive "silver-plated" objects was either to fuse a thin sheet of sterling silver to a thicker sheet of copper using heat (called "Sheffield plate") or to hammer a thin layer of silver over a base metal and then secure it with solder (called "close plating").

Electroplating did not start until the mid-1830s and is the process of depositing a thin layer of precious metal - generally silver or gold - onto a base metal using electricity passed through a conductive liquid containing potassium cyanide. The base-metal object is immersed in the solution, which also contains suspended ions of precious metal, and the electric current causes the silver or gold to adhere to the surface of the base-metal object.

The perfection of this process is usually credited to the Elkingtons of Birmingham, England, who received several patents for the process between 1836 and 1840. They licensed the process to other manufacturers, and the world market was soon inundated with items that looked like they were made from solid silver but were not.

The base metal that was silver-plated in the pieces belonging to K.K. is "Britannia Metal" and that is what the "B" stands for in "Meriden B Company." Britannia is a pewterlike metal generally made from 93 percent tin, with 5 percent antimony and 2 percent copper. Sometimes, silver-electroplated objects made with this metal will be marked "EPBM" - which means "Electroplated Britannia Metal."

Many metal objects from the mid- to late-19th century that look like pewter are actually Britannia metal. The Meriden Britannia Co. was founded in 1852 in Meriden, Conn., and it began making silver-electroplated Britannia metal in 1855. Later, the company also produced nickel silver (an alloy composed mainly of copper and nickel, sometimes with zinc, antimony and/or other metals). Electroplated-nickel silver items are sometimes marked "EPNS."

Electroplated silver items generally have a modest value unless they are either very fancy or very rare. Pieces decorated with images of icebergs, polar bears and Arctic explorers can bring really good money, and a silver-plated cocktail shaker in the shape of a Boston lighthouse has sold at auction for more the $10,000! But these are rare exceptions to the rule.

The pieces belonging to K.K. are part of a communion set, and many American collectors tend to avoid items with religious connotations. However, if this set had been earlier and in American- or British-made pewter rather than silver-plated Britannia metal, its monetary worth would have been significantly higher.

Currently, the insurance-replacement value of this very plain set is in the $350-to-$450 range if the silvered surface is still in good condition and does not have a lot of unsightly wear.

Helaine Fendelman and Joe Rosson are the authors of "Price It Yourself" (HarperResource, $19.95). Contact them at Treasures in Your Attic, P.O. Box 27540, Knoxville, TN 37927 or e-mail [email protected]


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