Spoon Holder

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1885
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
metal, white (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
DL.393281
catalog number
393281
accession number
208141
Credit Line
Gift of Miss A. M. Guindon
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Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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