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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I have an ornately engraved antique Meriden Silver Plate

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I have an ornately engraved antique Meriden Silver Plate Company, quadruple plated silver flask with a "shot-glass" top that collapses to seal opening. It is engraved with the name "J.W. Gribble" on the front. On the bottom is stamped a "20"
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 7 months ago.

This is a circa 1890 silver plated (not sterling) flask in pattern number 20.

This shape with shot glass cap was available in a few different patterns, this one having

a simple frieze of flourishes around the piece and a place for the monogram. It was common back then for everyone to monogram their possessions, so the name is ***** ***** famous or important in this case. The average selling price

for these flasks is $25 to $30 retail.

Some sites that I recommend for selling are,,, Ebay and
You can also go to or and search their directory for an auction house near you and consign to them.

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Expert:  rarewares replied 6 months ago.

I am following up to see if you have read your answer and need further help with this item.
Please do let me know.