Squat, pear-shaped teapot with a shallow conical, inset, hinged lid topped by a cast leafy ball, and an S-curve spout and hollow, high D- or ear-shaped handle, both decorated with acanthus leaves and graduated beads or pearls. Body has a flat band at seam around belly; eight-lobed upper section and stepped, flat-bottomed lower section. Body is finely perforated at spout. Bottom underside is struck incuse "THE MIDDLETOWN PLATE CO." arched over cross-topped scales and "U.S.A."; incuse number "43" is below.
Maker is Middletown Plate Co. of Middletown, CT. Middletown Plate Co. was founded in 1864 and became a subsidiary of International Silver Co. in 1898; International continued to use the Middletown name and mark until at least 1921.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 16 cm x 21 cm x 15.3 cm; 6 5/16 in x 8 1/4 in x 6 in
overall: 6 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 6 in; 15.875 cm x 21.59 cm x 15.24 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Domestic Furnishings
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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