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1859 Meriden Britannia Co Silver Plate 6 Piece Set Tea Coffee Footed Tray Vtg

This is a rare, 6 piece vintage or antique silver-plated tea and coffee service set.  Each of the pieces, excluding the footed tray, is marked 'Meriden B. Company  1859' - mark also includes balancing scale logo.   The set includes: double handle footed tray, 2 cup capacity creamer pitcher, lidded sugar bowl, 5 cup capacity pot with ball finial on the hinged lid, 5 1/2 cup capacity pot with pineapple finial on the hinged lid, 6 cup capacity pot with pineapple finial on the hinged lid, and rectangular footed and double handle tray with engraved sentiment.  The nicely engraved sentiment reads 'Elizabeth E----- (privacy)  Northeast Missouri State University 1959-1988' and on the back 'From the Division of Education'.  This tray measures 13 1/4" wide x 24 1/4" long including the double handles x 1 3/4" tall at the platter surface level (2" tall at the handles). 
The 1859 Meriden marked pieces have a textured body with an engraved design heart shaped smooth area (probably for monogramming) and banding.  The base and top rims have repeating domed arch pattern. 
Pre-owned.  Tarnish and a small amount of old silver polish is present in some of the crevices. There is a dent near the handle of the 6-cup pot and a repaired area where the lid separated from the hinged ring.  There is a dent in the 5 cup pot near the smooth heart shaped area.  The tray is not marked Meriden, but it marries nicely with the other pieces.  Some scratches and wear present.

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