Scott, sorry about the delay. Great pictures by the way. In an article written by Richard Dutton, Meriden Cutlery Co. was in business from 1855-1916, at which point they were purchased by Landers Frary & Clark or nearby New Britain. LF&C continued to use the Meriden name until 1924. I do believe that it was a high end line. As for your set, I don't know during which time period it was made. It has a very similar appearance to LF&C carvers I have seen, but this could be due to similarity in patterns. Just my two cents, I have always thought that the older stamp was the kinds with the anvil along with the name, but I have no old catalogs for this determination. Also, the stamp on your knife is interesting. 1/2 mile seems like a short race but It depends on whats racing.
"A tool is but an extension of a man's hand." -Henry Ward Beecher