Ice Bucket Holder

Two-handled, tapered cylindrical holder on four compressed-ball feet, its sides made of four horizontal and six vertical bands held together with dome-headed rivets; circular flat bottom set in. Two loop handles, tapered square in section, follow curve of body. Bottom underside struck "STERLING CAPS" arched above three raised gothic or Old English letters, "M", "S" and C", each in its own crowned, three-lobed surround, with "NICKEL SILVER" and "1854" below, all incuse.
Maker is Middletown Silver Co. of Middletown, CT; circa 1899 until 1945 (established by former Middletown Plate Co. employees when that company was acquired by Insilco, circa 1898).
Currently not on view
Object Name
holder, ice bucket
date made
ca 1899-1945
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
overall: 11.8 cm x 15.3 cm; 4 5/8 in x 6 in
overall: 4 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in x 6 3/8 in; 11.7475 cm x 18.0975 cm x 16.1925 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Daughters of Mrs. Alice Pike Barney
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