Meriden Brittania Co. Silverplated Presentation Tray
American, ca 1881. A two-handled silverplated tray by Meriden Brittania Co., decorated with stylized flowers and geometric patterns, central engraving Presented / To / Superintendent N.P. Hulst / As A Token of Respect / From The / Officers of East Vulcan, / Vulcan, Norway, Quinnesec, Florence and Chapin Mines / Dec. 31. 1881; lg. 30.5, wd. 18.75 in.
Dr. Nelson Powell Hulst (1842-1923), educated in chemistry and geology at Yale, was instrumental in developing the mining industry in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan. He was known in his time as "America's greatest iron hunter."