This magnificent Classic Design American Britannia 6 piece Tea Service features a covered Hot Water Urn, with separate fuel lamp, Tea Pot with hinged cover, Coffee Pot with hinged cover, covered sugar, slop bowl and Creamer. The pieces all consist of complex and highly detailed satin and brite surfaces, machined raised texture, embossing, with Lion Heads and floral vines, chasing and punch work. There are blank monogramming plaques on the pieces in case someone wishes to do so. Because of the high quality and expensive workmanship in these pieces and the excellent condition, including the use of 4 sided handles and foot columns plus a raised cartouche anchoring the spigot to the Urn's body, (most tea sets produced had only one sheet handles and foot columns,) I feel that this was a special order from the factory.
On the bottom of each piece is stamped: Patent applied for/Meriden B (Britannia) Company/1877. The 1877 is probably the model number and not the year of manufacture. None are of this quality or design. I feel that this set was manufactured earlier than those in the catalogue. Dimensions: Tea Urn: 15 1/4 in.
From bottom of the foot to the top of the finial. From handle edge to handle edge. Body Approx: 6 1/2 in. Diameter at mid handle height.
From bottom of foot to bottom of the main body. From one foot end to another foot end. Tea Pot: Approx: 9 2/4 in. From bottom of foot to the top of the finial.From edge of handle to edge of the spout. Diameter at the mid spout. Leg end to leg end, approx: 3 3/4 in. Coffee Pot: Approx: 9 3/16 in. Body approx: 4 1/2 in.
From foot end to foot end. Covered Sugar Bowl: 8 6/8 in.
From bottom of foot to top of the finial. Handle is approx: 8 1/4 in.
From end to handle to end of handle. Bowl is approx: 4 1/4 in. High from bottom of foot to bottom of main body. Spoo22ner or Slop bowl: Approx: 5 1/8 in.
High from bottom of foot to the top of bowl. Main body is approx: 4 7/8 in. From bottom of foot to bottom of main body. Creamer: approx 5 1/2 in. High from bottom of foot to top of spout.
From edge of handle to edge of spout. Main body is approx: 3 1/4 in.From bottom of foot to bottom of body. Leg end to leg end.
The item "Exceptional Meriden Britannia circa 1870's Silverplated Tea Service" is in sale since Thursday, July 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Tea/Coffee Pots & Sets". The seller is "bell3" and is located in Sherman Oaks, California. This item can be shipped to United States.