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MEDIUM Silver-plate
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 9 x 8 x 5 1/2 in. (22.9 x 20.3 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS on bottom: impressed "(Lion logo in center of circle) MERIDEN SILVER Plate CO. QUADRUPLE PLATE" "461"; etched "20cl/2WM"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Marie Bernice Bitzer, by exchange
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CAPTION Meriden Silver Plate Company, a division of International Silver Co. (American, founded 1898). Pitcher, ca. 1880. Silver-plate, 9 x 8 x 5 1/2 in. (22.9 x 20.3 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Marie Bernice Bitzer, by exchange, 1995.54. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 1995.54_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pitcher, silverplate, ovoid body raised on splayed highly polished foot with wide cylindrical neck, broad spout and robust C-shaped handle applied near rim and mid-point of body. Narrow horizontal beaded band at mid-point of body. Overall dense leafy molded pattern on darkly patinated stippled ground interspersed with large gilded dragonflies, butterflies and humming birds. Horizontal band at transition to neck with molded turtle, lobster, lizard, bat, crab and frog against a gilt grid ground. Highly polished handle with two studded bands framing patinated narrow channels. CONDITION: Very good; gold plating intact; interior slightly tarnished.
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