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The Meriden Silver Plate Company was an American silverware manufacturer.
Brief history and description
The Meriden Silver Plate Company was founded in 1852 by Charles Casper in Meriden, Connecticut, and was well known for producing a variety of different silver-plated items which ranged from wine coolers, pickle castors, napkin holders and much more.
The company's silver items typically feature maker's marks with the company's name inside of a circular design, while their limited-edition silver items were marked with individual numbers.
The company won a first place medal at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia thanks to their variety of silver-plated white metal hollow ware.
Guide for collectors
Lighthouse cocktail shakers are considered to be the most rare and valuable, while Meriden Brittania silver-plated figural napkin rings are more common, but not necessarily the least valuable. Meriden Silver Plate Company pickle castors are considered to be rare as well.
Restoration of a Meriden Silver Plate Company item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Meriden Silver Plate Company item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Meriden Silver Plate Company items, visit Silver Collecting's official website.
Sotheby's in New York sold a silver-plated Boston lighthouse cocktail shaker which was manufactured by the Meriden Silver Plate Company for $17,925 in December of 2002, and Wright Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold another Meriden Silver Plate Company lighthouse cocktail shaker for $3,000 in October of 2008.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a Meriden Brittania silver-plated figural bird napkin ring for $500 in September of 2011, and another Meriden Brittania silver-plated figural bird napkin ring for $650 in September of 2011.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a Meriden Britannia silver-plated lion figural napkin ring for $475 in September of 2011.
Austin Auction Gallery in Austin, Texas sold a Meriden Brittania Company silver-plated wine cooler for $100 in April of 2009.
O'Gallerie in Portland, Oregon sold a Meriden and Company silver-plated pickle castor for $80 in January of 2008.
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