The Meriden Britannia Company was organized in 1852, in Meriden, CT., by Horace C. and Dennis C. Wilcox. The Company officers were among the leaders in the formation of the International Silver Company in 1898. The M.B. & Co marks used until the 1930s.
This lovely Meriden Silver Plated Bride's Basket, circa 1880's, is an excellent example of the beautiful and quality items produced by the company. The basket was a mainstay gift for brides during the late Victorian Era and were used to serve pastries of various types, The engraved motif in the center of the basket consists of various spring flowers and grasses being visited by a swallow-tailed bird, probably a hummingbird in search of the sweet nectar provided by the flowers. The outer edge is embossed with a delicate scroll and floral design and the arched handle has an oval, floral decorated finial. The basket measures 12" to the top of the handle, 5 1/4" to the edge of the basket, 10" across the basket and 4 3/4" across the base. The base cares three stamps; "Meriden B Company", "Quadruple Plate" and "1887". The silver plate and overall condition is very good; there are several slight bends in the outer edge caused from usage.