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iconnumber posted 09-24-2002 12:12 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My grandmother has a 1858 Double wall pitcher with a tray from Meriden Britannia Co. On the bottom of the pitcher, it states, "1858 Double Wall Pitcher, pat. June 3, 1858 #25 Meriden Britannia Company. The pitcher has a swan on the top of the lid, and on the side of the pitcher it has men in armour on each side. The tray has the matching men in armour also. I have looked everywhere online to find out about it and have had no luck. She would like to know what it is worth.

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iconnumber posted 09-24-2002 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a museum curator I cannot comment about values, but it sounds like you have a pretty jazzy early version of a form that was hugely popular in the second half of the 19th century. From what you say you have a simple pitcher and a tray--but not the kind of tipping pitcher that also had a stand with a frame, to allow the pitcher to be tipped without lifting it up. That is a form that came later, and thus your piece is closer to the patent date of 1858--when the hollow construction (that acted as insulation) was first patented. This in itself is very interesting. Meriden Britannia (in Meriden, CT) was originally a pewter manufacturer, and they still made pewter in the 1850s--so your piece seems to be from the early period of their transition from pewter to electroplated silver (which was often plated over pewter, early on). The swan finial and the images of the knights in armor are also things that will make the pitcher more appealing in the silverplate market place. Because it is plated silver, condition is very important, next to style. Yours sounds like it has plenty of style, but the condition would be a critical element in determining its value.

Perhaps one of the other forums can offer you some assistance there.

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iconnumber posted 09-24-2002 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for smfc75     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pitcher was shown in the 1867 Meriden Britannia Co. catalog. "Double wall patent valve ice pitcher, plated on white metal, No. 25, X Medallion, Each, $17.00." The valve is described in the same catalog as "Lyman's patent double valve, placed in the throat of the nozzle to our ice pitchers, patented June 8th, 1858."

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