Large 19th Century Meriden Brittania Co. Sterling Silver Tray with Scrollwork
19th century Meriden Brittania Co. sterling silver tray with applied border of urns and scrollwork. It measures 20 1/4'' in length by 15 1/4'' in width by 1'' in height, weighs 53.6 ozt, and bears hallmarks and inscriptions as shown.
Meriden is a silver company founded in the 19th century. The inception of silver plated ware industry dates back to 1847 and to the efforts of Rogers brothers who in their little shop at Hartford developed the electro-plating process. But the business finds its origin as early as 1808, with the establishment in Meriden of a small plant for the production of pewter or Britannia ware. At a later date, it was the foresight of the Britannia makers which turned into a success the efforts of the Rogers brothers. Joining together of the mechanical genius of the Hartford experimenters and the practical business ability of the Britannia makers constituted the definite beginning of silverware making as a business. By the year 1869 the Meriden Britannia Co. had taken over the interests of Rogers Smith & Co, although it continued in New Haven until 1877, when it was moved to Meriden and became merged with the Meriden Britannia Co. Rogers, Smith & Co ceased to exist as a separate entity and was used as a trademark of Meriden Britannia Co. In 1898 Meriden Britannia Company ceased to exist as an independent entity and became part of International Silver Company. The International Silver Company was formed in 1898 by various independent New England silversmiths that, between 1898 and 1903, joined themselves together to form a company that became the world's largest manufacturer of silverware. The International Silver Co. was organized with an authorized capital of $20,000,000.
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