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iconnumber posted 09-02-2003 01:31 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


I can't seem to find any info about this piece on the internet.

Can anyone help me out?

On the bottom its stamped Meriden B. Co
International Co. Hamilton Canada 520
Then under that someone has hand engraved the letters CG

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2003 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

What is it you want to know?
The item is silverplate.
Have you tried the Silver Salon search function?
Search the Silverplate forum for Meriden (click here)

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2003 03:19 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I searched before I posted.

I just want to know what it is, and how old is it, been in my family for eons.
I was just looking for info, if anyone knew

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2003 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anuh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Meriden Brittania Co. is listed in Rainwater & Redfield as being founded in 1879, a subsidiary of the American firm of that name. It became part of International Silver Co. in 1924.

It's a fair assumption that this is probably late 19th century or early 20th century (turn of the century) just from the style. It is a vase of sorts, and may have been part of a set of "bridal" objects. I've seen many pieces listed as "bride's dishes" in this style over the years.


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iconnumber posted 09-03-2003 08:29 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
oh, thank you very much. A bridal set would explain alot, as I also have another object that seems to be a serving carousel made by the same company.


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iconnumber posted 09-03-2003 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the Canadian Meriden Brittania wasn't merged into International Silver of Canada until 1924, since this piece was marked "Meriden B." and "International Co.", would it date after 1924?

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iconnumber posted 09-03-2003 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anuh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not necessarily. International Silver actually began (if I have my facts straight) as a group of small companies that banded together in a loose conglomeration to market their wares as a larger group. That happened in 1896 in the states. Since the Canadian Meriden was just a branch of the US Meriden, it is possible that it was only a difference in Canadian law that put International Silver as a corporation in Canada in 1924 rather than before. Does anyone know for sure?

I do know that many older American Meriden pieces carry the IS mark as well, even though they were designed earlier than IS was a company. The marks were often carried on as "brand recognition" was a reality even back then!


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iconnumber posted 09-03-2003 11:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What complicates the history of IS, is that individual divisions continued to use their own marks for a long period. Meriden Brittania was a widely known and trusted company. I have seen flatware with that mark from after WW1. In the 70's, I recall seeing reissues of tea balls in sterling, with the pre WW1 mark. IS used its heritage of brand names with great care, using the prestigious ones almost to the end of the company in the 80's. So figuring out the actual age of a piece from the mark is really difficult.

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