Spoon Holder

Two-handled, urn-shaped, footed cup engraved on opposite sides of its upper half "WF to JG" in foliate script and "Mrs I G." in shaded gothic letters. Plain, flared upper half has an oval rim with convex sides from which spring two sinuous cusped handles with cast anthemions; lower half has a circular angled shoulder with repeating floral motif and a plain rounded bottom. Wide circular foot on pedestal base is decorated with a bird and insects amidst an array of flowers, all in low relief. Underside of base is struck with three incuse marks, "MIDDLETOWN PLATE C\o. / QUADRUPLE PLATE" encircling cross-topped scales, "102", and "HARD / WHITE / METAL" also arranged in a circle.
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
holder, spoon
date made
ca 1885
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
metal, white (overall material)
overall: 15.4 cm x 14.2 cm x 8.4 cm; 6 1/16 in x 5 9/16 in x 3 5/16 in
overall: 6 1/8 in x 5 5/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 15.5575 cm x 14.2875 cm x 8.5725 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss A. M. Guindon
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