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

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Middletown Plate Company tilting pitcher Middletown Plate Company tea and coffee set


In 1899, the Middletown Plate Company became part of the International Silver Company. The Middletown Plate Co. trademark was used by International Silver until 1921. Middletown Plate Company’s secondary trademark, Superior Silver Co., was used on a less expensive line by Wilcox Silver Plate Co., until 1941.


Middletown Plate Company designs in collections [1]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1860). Candy dish. (Search the collection). Accession no. N-46. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02147]

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Middletown Plate Co. (after 1865). Syrup pitcher. Silver plate. Accession no. 258258. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Viewed 30 December 2016. [A01406]

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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. (c. 1870). Serving tray. Silver plate, foliated borders, Renaissance revival. (Search the collection). Accession no. H-15. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02107]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1876). Fruit bowl (with depicted cherub, shell boat, two swans). (Search the collection). Accession no. JAGA 619. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02122]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1870-85). Condiment set. (Search the collection). Accession no. JAGA 1280. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02144]

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Middletown Plate Co. (1873-85). Water set (pitcher, stand, waste bowl, goblet). (Search the collection.) Silver plate. Accession no. S.HS.2000.60.1. North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC. Viewed 11 June 2017. [A02734]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1880). Collapsible cup and case. Accession no. 1996.71.0a-c. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B09]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1880). Food service item or vase. (Search the collection). Accession no. JAGA 1293. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02145]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1864-98). Lidded butter dish. Accession no. 1949.13.6a-c. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B02]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1864-98). Card tray. Accession no. 1972.12.0a,b. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B03]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1864-98). Compote. Accession no. 1979.34.4. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B06]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1864-98). Cup and saucer. Accession no. 1981.115.6a,b. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B07]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1864-98). Cake basket (with "handle, decorated with medallions, animal-shaped legs and a dog"). Silver plate. Accession no. 1974.82.22. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B04]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1884). Syrup pitcher. Accession no. 1974.115.0. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B05]

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Middletown Plate Company. (c. 1885). Fruit dish. Accession no. 1994.184.0. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B08]

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Middletown Plate Co. (c. 1885). Spoon holder. Silver plate. Accession no. 208141. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Viewed 30 December 2016. [A01374]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1870-1900). Picture frame (with depicted flowers and scrolls). (Search the collection). Silver plate. Accession no. N-136. Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH. Viewed 10 April 2017. [A02123]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1880-98). Teapot. (H) 6 3/4 x (W) 9 in. Accession no. 2003.174.0.1. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B10]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1880-98). Creamer. (H) 3 7/8 in. Accession no. 2003.174.0.2. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B11]

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Middletown Plate Company. (1880-98). Lidded sugar bowl. Accession no. 2003.174.0.3a,b. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B12]

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Middletown Plate Co. / (possibly ISC). (c. 1900). Teapot. Silver plate. Accession no. 1977.0918. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Viewed 30 December 2016. [A01404]

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Superior Silver Company (div. of Middletown Plate Co.) / ISC. (c. 1906). Candelstick holders, (1; 2). Object no. INV.247a.1-2. New York Historical Society, New York. Viewed 9 April 2017. [A02054-55]

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Middletown Plate Co. / ( ISC). (c. 1899-1945). Ice bucket holder. Silver plate. Accession no. 124063. National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Viewed 30 December 2016. [A01405]

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Middletown Plate Company / (possibly ISC). (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 / (possibly ISC). (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 / (possibly ISC). (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). Candlestick. 4 7/8 x 2 3/16 in. Accession no. 2005.171.8. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT— offline. Viewed 15 April 2017. [AAA00591-B13]

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

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Middletown Plate Co. (undated). Three piece tea set (pot, sugar bowl with cover and cream pitcher). Bonhams San Francisco - SOMA sale (21 NOV 2004). Viewed 5 January 2017. [A01440]



C. Middletown Plate Company designs in exhibitions

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(5 FEB 1994 - 13 MAR 1995).
Back in style: Selections from the McFaddin-Ward House Reserve Collection at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. (Link to exhibition catalogue above). (see page 24). Viewed 15 February 2017. [AAA00570-76]

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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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