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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 02-26-2003 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have what I believe to be a creamer. It measures 4 1/2 from feet to tip of lid 5 in wide spout to handle. It reads Meridan B CO. with the # 17 under that. It has a vine type design with 3 berries each leg is a lions head & paw for the feet.

Any info. would be helpful

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 02-26-2003 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The lion and paw type of foot was a popular 19th century motif. This can be found on pieces produced by several different manufacturers. From the fairly consistent way this appears, it looks to be a mass produced item bought by several makers for their own use. And the lion was used for a long period of time and is found on a wide range of pieces. #17 is the catalog order number. Vines with berries were also, are really, popular on silver. Sounds like a piece from c1860 into the early 1880's. Hard to say much more about this.

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2003 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it marked Meriden B Co.? There was no "Meridan B CO."

Also, if it has a lid, it isn't a creamer. And... tea sets had four or five digit catalog numbers in the 1860s/1870s.

Can you post a photo?

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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 03-02-2003 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This piece does say Meriden B CO. with the scales in a circle 17 under the circle.

I don't know for sure that its a creamer just guessed due to the size of it 4 1/2 in high it has a hinged lid with what looks like 3 lions legs holding a ball for the handle of lid.

I'm still working on the pictures.


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T-Bird-Art

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iconnumber posted 03-04-2003 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Meriden B Comany is part of the mark for Meriden Britannia Company, Meriden Conn which joned International Silver in the 1890's.

[This message has been edited by T-Bird-Art (edited 03-27-2003).]

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T-Bird-Art

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iconnumber posted 03-04-2003 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See previous discussions on the "Meriden B Company" --click here: Meriden Teapot

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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 03-04-2003 05:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's close but the lion head is a little different style as is the floral design.

Thanks for the info though.

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 03-04-2003 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like it was made by Reed & Barton.

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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2003 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But it says Meriden B. Co. how could it be Reed & Barton?

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 03-05-2003 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Meriden Britannia Co. purchased large quantities of holloware from other manufacturers and put their mark on the products after some slight embellishment or silver plating.

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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 03-06-2003 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
would it have another mark from that maker?

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 03-06-2003 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 03-06-2003 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, mostly no, but sometimes yes. I have seen pieces with the plate gone on the bottom that had a tiny R & B, still partly filled with silver, stamped near the rim. Who knows if this was the norm or a short-lived practice; needless to say it is not worth stripping an old pot to find out.

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 03-07-2003 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks wev. I learn something new every day.

(Where's my soldering gun and blowtorch when I need them? biggrin )

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-13-2003 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From luckysmokes:
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Thanks for all the help hope these pics will help.


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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 03-14-2003 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this (ignoring the number) the mark?

A similar ball-shaped tea set with the same knob on top and the same(?) legs was shown in the 1877 Reed & Barton catalog.

I believe that your piece is what was called a syrup cup or syrup pitcher. In the 1870s, the ball shape (on animal legs) was popular for tea sets and related items -- like syrup cups.

Did you find a little R&B mark anywhere?

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luckysmokes

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iconnumber posted 03-15-2003 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luckysmokes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, I could not find that.

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