1880 MERIDEN B COMPANY AESTHETIC ASSYRIAN SPARROW EMBOSSED BIRD COFFE TEA SET. The Meriden Britannia Company was formed in 1852 in Meriden Connecticut as a manufacturing company focused on producing wares in britania metal t became, for a time, the larges silverware company in the world. By 1876, the Meriden Britannia Company had grown a great deal and the company made significant effortsat the Centennia expotition in Philadelphia in that year. The company won the First Place medal for plated wares.
According to Shoteby's in New York The publicity of the award and the impression the firm made on the fair's 8 million visitors was continued by the catalogues and other intensive marketing; by the end of the 1870s Meriden Britannia Co. Was considered the largest Silverware company in the world. By 1891, Meriden Britannia had warerooms in New York 46 East 14th Street, Union Square; Chicago 47 state street San Francisco (134 Sutter Street); London England 7 Cripplegate Buildings, Wood street E.
C , and Paris France 26 Avenue of opera. The main factories were in Meriden and a branch factory was in Hamilton Ontario Canada. By 1893, the company had expanded production with its floor surface covering over eight acres of space in downtown Meriden. In 1898, the Meriden Britannia Company became part of the large International Silver Company corporation headquartered in Meriden. Afterwards, while part of ISC, many designs were produced under the Meriden Britannia brand with design trade catalogues specifying Meriden Britannia wares.
Large elaborated pieces in very good to excellent conditions quality manufacture solid castings shaping the legs, applied bands and accents around the spout and handles, quality manufacture with lots of detail, large embossed birds to both sides of each piece, no dents or monogram, substantial plating with a bright mirrored finish, strong hinge, handles and legs, the final on the pot was bolted at some point this is strong and firm, all insides are clean free or corrosion build up or leaks pot 13 " tall by 8 1/4" and shy 3.0 lbs weght, large sugarn urn /tea caddy 10 1/4" by 6 1/2" sfy 2.0 lbs weight, slop waste bowl 6 1/4" by 6 1/4" 1.1 lbs weight and creamer jug 7 1/4" by 4 7/8" 1.2 lbs weight.