Kate Greenaway Meriden Quadruple Plate Figural Brides Basket, Cake Stand, Pastry Tray
RARE Brides Basket, Cake Stand, Card or Pastry Tray Art Nouveau Meriden Quadruple Silver Plate figural center piece. The figural / sculptural artistic centerpiece of this great item is in the style of Kate Greenaway best known for her delightful silver plated Victorian and Nouveau children's themes especially playing with their dogs. The plate or tray section has lovely etched and repousse bird and flower motif. Hallmarked Meriden B. (Britannia) Company, Quadruple Plate 141. Double struck before their acquisition of Rogers when their hallmark changed would date this to sometime in the 1860's.
CONDITION: Really nice antique condition with some minor plate wear.
SIZE: It stands 5 and 3/4 inches tall and the tray measures 6 and 1/4 inches in diameter.
The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden, Connecticut. The Rogers Bros firm was purchased by Meriden Britannia in 1862, thereby acquiring the 1847 Rogers Bros line. In 1878, they had a store at Union Square in New York City and a manufacturing facility in West Meriden, CT. According to their 1878 catalogue, the company won a first place medal at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the "large variety of silver plated white metal hollow ware, of excellent quality and finish, and of tasteful designs." They were one of the original companies that joined together to form the International Silver Co. in 1898.