Middletown Plate Company design catalogues (2016)

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"MIDDLETOWN PLATE CO., Middletown, Conn.
This business was started in 1864 by Edward Payne and Henry Bullard, making Britannia and plated ware under the name of Payne. It was part of the original group that formed International Silver Co. In 1899, the operation was moved to Meriden and merged with the Meriden Britannia Co. Employees who chose not to go to Meriden organized the Middletown Silver Co., which was bough eventually by R. Wallace & Sons, Wallingford, Connecticut.

Middletown had a secondary trademark, Superior Silver Co., which was used on a less expensive line by Wilcox Silver Plate Co., until 1941. The Middletown Plate Co. trademark was also continued by International Silver until 1921.

— Edmund P. Hogan in An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company (1977), pp. 167-68.


Middletown Plate Company (Middletown, CT) design catalogues [1]

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Middletown Plate Company (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plate on hard white metal [including flatware manufactured by Rogers & Brother]. 118 pp. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, call no. NK7240 M62 F TC; Yale University call no. WF 248 (link to library entry); Metropolitan Museum of Art accession no. MMA accession no. 66.655.12; Wolfsonian FIU, Miami Beach, accession no. XB1990.602. Updated 18 April 2017. [A00670-71; A00840; A01967]

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Middletown Plate Co. (1879). Illustrated catalogue and price list of fine electro silver plate on hard white metal. 118 pp. "Reprint" in Trade catalogues at Winterthur (microform), (v. 1) (1984). Clearwater Pub. Co.: New York. Princeton University library, NJ, call no. (FILMB) Z7164.M18H43 1984 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for more locations; make sure location indicates being a holder of the microform in addition to the guide.) Updated 18 April 2017. [A00518; A00902; A00904] [2]

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Middletown Plate Co. (1884). Illustrated catalogue of superior silver plated ware. 172 pp. Springfield, MA: Springfield Printing Co. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. Q 739.23 MG291 - offline. Viewed 12 January 2017. [C00014-42]

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Busiest House in America. (1889). 13th annual illustrated catalogue of the Busiest House in America containing illustrations and prices of a few leading and staple styles of diamonds, watches, jewelry, silverware, clocks, canes, umbrellas, opera glasses, gold spectacles, eye glasses, etc. (online) [pp. 3-93 feature designs by Rogers, Smith & Co; Meriden Britannia; Meriden Silver Plate Co.; and Middletown Plate Co. without specifying which designs are by which of the 4 companies. Additionally, 1847 Rogers Brothers designs are on pp. 115-30, 134-38, and additional Rogers, Smith & Co designs are on pp. 135 & 137.] Catalogue: 482 pp. Courtesy Winterthur Museum Library, Delaware. Viewed 7 March 2017. [A01684; AAA00585]



B. Middletown Plate Company — other historical documentation

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Middletown Plate Company. (undated). [Large catalog of photographic plates showing various objects.] 208 pp. Meriden Historical Society - offline. Viewed 20 February 2017. [AA00570 - 084]

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O. H. Bailey & Co. (c. 1877). Middletown, Conn. map (bird’s eye view) (online). [Lists "The Middletown Plate Co." under references (#32 illustration above the intersection of South Main Street and Church Street on Hubbard Street).] Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Call no. G3784.M5A3 1877 .B3 . Viewed 27 February 2017. [A01499]

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(1889). Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut (online), (p. 14, showing Middletown Plate Company on Hubbard street). Sanborn-Perris Map Co. Courtesy Yale University Library. Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00483-84] (For other maps, see Middletown area maps online at Yale University Library.) Viewed 21 November 2016. [AAA00485]

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Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Middletown Plate Company (online)", (p. 1044). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. Courtesy Brigham Young University-Idaho library, Rexburg, ID. (Viewed 10 June 2017. A02626; A02645.)

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(Undated). Middletown Plate Company - fire insurance map. Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, c. 1724-1977, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, Box 2, Folder 5, no. 7429 (link to finding aid). Viewed 15 May 2017. [A02437]

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(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

C. Middletown Plate Company — secondary sources

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May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Middletown Plate Co." mention, (pp. 118). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. Yale University Library, call no. Jke33 C8 947M (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1977). "Middletown Plate Company" mentions, [pp. 157; 167-68 (including illustration, undated; also excerpt above.] In An American heritage: A book about the International Silver Company. Taylor Publishing Company: Dallas, TX. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York call no. HD9536.Uf4 I554 1977 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]

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Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). "Middletown Plate Company" mentions, [pp. 23 (call bells), 27 (napkin rings), 38 (ice pitchers, Tilters), 44 (photo of butter dish, c. 1885), 58-61 (cracker or biscuit jars; 10 photos are not specified but defined as either designs by Middletown Plate Company or Wilcox Silver Plate Co., c. 1880), 62-3 (nut and fruit bowls and one photo of design), 74 (photos of spoon holders, 1867, c. 1888), 78 (photo of combination sugar bowl and spoon holder, 1879), 104 (photo od Superior Silver Co, children’s cup, c. 1890), 111 (card receivers), 113 (photo of c. 1882 jewel casket), 117 (photo of jewel casket, c. 1874), 136 (illustration of two toilet sets, undated), 142 (toiletware - handmirrors, etc.)]. In The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM] [3]



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 (link to library entry)". University of Connecticut university libraries website.] Viewed 16 May 2016. [A00660]

[2] McKinstry, E. Richard / Winterthur Museum. (1984). Trade catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the literature of merchandising, 1750 to 1980 (online). [Entry no. 1672, p. 291]. Garland Publishing: New York and London. Viewed 19 June 2016. (Please note, sometimes the trade catalogue itself is searchable in a library catalogue, and sometimes one needs to search the microform series as a whole.) [A00518; A00904]

[3] See Hogan, Edmund P. (1980). The elegance of old silver plate and some personalities. Schiffer Publishing Limited: Exton, PA. ISBN 0-916838-30-7. Superior Silver Company is identified as a "secondary brand" of the Middletown Plate Company concerning the marketing of toiletware c. 1894-86, (pp. 141-42). University of Connecticut Library call no. NK7240.5 .H63 1980 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 17 April 2017. [DM]



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