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Butter Pat (USA), ca. 1880

This is a Butter pat. It was manufactured by Meriden Silver Plate Company. It is dated ca. 1880 and we acquired it in 1995. Its medium is gilt silver-plated metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

These butter pats show how Japonism influenced even the most everyday wares.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 9.7 x 7.5 cm (3 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside: [partly obliterated] "MERIDEN SILVER PLATE CO QUADRUPLE PLATE" in circle. Stamped: "181"

Cite this object as

Butter Pat (USA), ca. 1880; Manufactured by Meriden Silver Plate Company (United States); gilt silver-plated metal; L x W: 9.7 x 7.5 cm (3 13/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1995-148-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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