Commemorative Arctic Expedition Vessel
Meriden B(ritannia) Company â€” ca.1960â€™s â€“1880â€™s
A commemorative silver-plated vessel manufactured by the Meriden Britannia Company of Meriden, Connecticut (1852 â€“ 1898). 4-1/4â€ť ht. â€“ 10.9cm. Underneath is the stamp of the Meriden B stamp with the number 68. This number could either represent the date 1868 or the model number. Typically, a model number would be preceded by a â€ś0â€ť, and the date would be preceded by the century, ie: 1868. So the date is up for speculation.
In determining who or what Arctic expedition this cup is commemorating, the likeness on the cupâ€™s handle was evaluated â€” Adolf NordenskiĂ¶ld, Charles Hall and Robert Peary have a similar likeness due to facial hair. The most significant Arctic expeditions that took place during or immediately preceding 1868 were the Swedish North-Polar Expedition of 1868 under the command Adolf Erik NordenskiĂ¶ld and Charles Hallâ€™s second expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1864-1869. Hall traveled to King William Island where he found remains and artifacts from the Franklin Expedition. Very good condition with no repairs.