Meriden Silver Plate Company
The Meriden Silver Plate Co. was founded in 1869 by Charles Casper among other businessmen in Meriden, Connecticut. George R. Curtis was the company's first president. The Meriden Silver Plate Co. was highly successful, receiving a medal for its silver plated wares at the American Institute Fair of New York in 1874. It also received a medal and diploma at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. In 1898, the Meriden Silver Plate Co. was one of several independent silver companies of New England to form the International Silver Company, which became the world's largest manufacturer of silverware.