Do you know anything else about 1990.158a-b beside what's online?
Meriden Britannia Company was founded by brothers Horace and Dennis Wilcox in Meriden, Connecticut in 1852. Britannia does not refer to England, but actually to a kind of shiny metal that is not silver, but looks more like pewter does. Eventually, thanks to advancements in technology, Meriden Britannia Co. was able to begin coating objects in a thin layer of silver using a process called electro-plating. This is how the inkwell here was produced.
Do you know why the museum has these objects? Were they a gift?
Both of these silver pieces were acquired with the funds from the H. Randolph Lever Fund in the early 1990 and 1992 as indicated in their accession numbers.
I'm not sure who owned them previously.