Marked Meriden B. Company this silverplate holder was made by the Meriden Britannia Company. The glass has a design of alternating panels. There is a sunburst on a flat ground on one panel. The alternate panel is an intricate design. It has diagonal lines creating diamond shapes which have circles in them the little circles have diagonal lines crossed on them as well. Each row of circles is separated by two vertical lines and three horizontal lines. This silverplate holder dates to between 1855, when Meriden Britannia Company started making silverplate wares and 1898, when the company was absorbed into The International Silver Company. The early American pressed glass insert is 'paneled star and button' pattern. Also known as 'sedan' this pattern was made in the 1880's. The glass is in almost perfect shape the only problem being a rough spot felt between two panels. The glass is 4 1/4 inches tall and 3 1/8 across the base. The silverplate is worn exposing some of the white metal underneath. The holder is 4 inches across the base and 10 1/4 tall.
Nineteenth century EAPG pickle castor in Meriden Britannia Co. holder