Middletown Plate Company designs in collections, at auction and in exhibitions (2016)

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Middletown Plate Company designs in collections, at auction and in exhibitions [1]

A. Middletown Plate Company designs in collections

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1866). Mustache cup. Silver plate; (H) 3.562 x (W) 4.75 in. Accession no. D1981.28.268A. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 14 August 2016. [AAA00053-103]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Syrup pitcher. Silver plate. Accession no. D1981.28.168. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-073]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Tray (rectangular-shaped). Silver ; (W) 16 x (D) 12 in. Accession no. D1981.28.207. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-084]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Coffee pot (lion mask on legs). Silver; (H) 11 in. Accession no. D1981.28.222. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-088]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Sugar, creamer, spooner. Silver; (H) 6.25 x (W) 7.50 x (D) 4.875 in. Accession nos. D1981.28.266.1-3. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-102]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Cut plug jar. Hard white metal; (H) 6.5 in. Accession nos. D1981.28.356A-B. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-140]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Well and tree platter. Silver. (W) 16 x (D) 12 in. Accession no. D1981.28.420. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-157]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Covered sugar and creamer (with floral etched designs). Silver. Accession no. D1981.28.182.1-2. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-076]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Footed dish. Silver; (D) 9.5. Accession no. D1981.28.14. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-064]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Collar button box (with embossed flowers). Silver. Accession no. D1981.28.322. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC - offline. Viewed 13 August 2016. [AAA00053-124]



B. Middletown Plate Company designs at auction

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1890). Berry dish. (H) 5 3/4 in. Christie’s New York - Important American furniture, silver, prints and folk art (29 MAY 2002). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00175]

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Middletown Plate Company. (late 19th century). Pitcher and stand. Christie’s - Silver (3 DEC 1996). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00176]

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Middletown Plate Company. (late 19th century). Victorian ice water pitcher on tilting stand. Bonhams Los Angeles - Sunset estate auction - including the estate of Fred MacMurray and June Haver (9-10 APR 2006). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00185]

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Middletown Plate Company. (late 19th / early 20th century). Vase stand. Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA estate auction (17-18 APR 2011). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00186]

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Middletown Plate Company. (20th century). Stand. Silver-plate. Christie’s New York - Christie’s Interiors (31 AUG - 1 SEP 2010). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00177]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Partial tea set. Bonhams San Francisco - Period art & design (20-21 NOV 2011). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00187]

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). Victorian, seven-piece tea and coffee set. Silver-plate. Variable dimensions. Bonhams New York - The Severin Wunderman Collection (6 MAY 2009). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00188]

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Middletown Plate Company / Meriden Silver (Plate?) Co. (undated). Aesthetic-style, five-piece tea set and tray. Variable dimensions. Bonhams Knowle (UK) - Antique & Modern silver, including vesta cases (17 MAR 2010). Viewed 31 May 2016. [D00189]



C. Middletown Plate Company designs in exhibitions

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1 October 1880 - 30 April 1881
Melbourne International Exhibition, Australia. See: (1880). Melbourne International Exhibition 1880; The official catalogue of the exhibits, with introductory notes of the countries exhibiting, v. II, second edition to the first issue. [American exhibits, including Middletown Plate Co. (Class 24.—Goldsmiths’ and Silversmiths’ Work, p. 235).] Viewed 27 June 2016. [A00997-1000]

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10 May - 10 November 1876
See: (1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Middletown Plate Co. (with illustrations)]. 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. Viewed 27 June 2016. [A00965-75]

Smith, Walter. (1876). – The masterpieces of the Centennial International Exhibition illustrated, (v. 2, Industrial art). (Middletown Plate Company: pp. 207-09.) 548 pp. Philadelphia: Gebbie & Berrie. Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art. Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00819-32]

Sandhurst, Phillip T. (c. 1876). The great Centennial exhibition critically described and illustrated, (pp. 273-74: Middletown Plate Company). 566 pp. P. W. Ziegler & Co.: Philadelphia and Chicago. Courtesy University of California Libraries. Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00833-39]

"a punch bowl set made by the Middletown Plate Company… was one of the gems of the exhibition. Another beautiful work of art exhibited by the same company was a silver ornamental piece representing swans drawing upon a sea of glassy silver silver a sea shell. This work attracted general attention, and was a subject for illustration in many of the art publications." — p. 106-07



Footnote:
[1] The Middletown Plate Company, Middletown, CT, was acquired by the International Silver Company in 1899. At this juncture, it is not known to Design Meriden if this company became an ISC division. [See "A Guide to the International Silver Company Records, 1853-1921". University of Connecticut university libraries website.] Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00660]



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