We are pleased to offer this gorgeous, large and full 5 vessel etched glass cruet + salt & pepper shaker swivel based set, featuring a classic and ornate 1885 to 1895 Middletown Plate Co. Quadruple Silver Plate #257 Base. This incredible pairing stands 7 x 7 x 16" tall, and weighs a substantial 4# 8 oz. Known for its quality plating, Middletown specialized in large items with fanciful designs, and our example is no exception. This late Victorian treasure sports a magnificent multi Egyptian shield + lotus pattern on the roundel face, and the handle features a whimsical floral headed, butterfly wing pattern, all topped with a lovely floral crown. This styling is definitely in the James Tufts league, and best of all, it is in wonderful condition.
The Middletown Plate Co. of Middletown, CT. started business in 1864, operating independently until 1898 (a merger into International Silver), and was located at 55 Hubbard St. Middletown plate was originally founded by Edward Payne and Henry Bullard (plate & pewter smiths), and upon opening, reputedly imported metal from Reed & Barton. However, by 1876, Middletown was producing its own silver goods, Superior Silver Company was the first mark used by the company, and represented the lesser prime triple silver plated wares. The Middletown adorned scales marks were reserved for the best quadruple plated items. A mark changed to the Superior Silver Plate Company was noted only after the merger into International Silver in 1898, and the move to Meriden, Ct. The Superior line was apparently transferred to Wilcox Silver Plate Company, who adopted this logo and discontinued their "Gem Silver Plate Co.," mark that also indicated a lower priced line.
WT: 4# 8OZ MEASUREMENTS: 7 X 7 X 16"