We believe it to be from the 1870's to 1880's based the serial number and on our experience with such items. The crocodile, dragonfly, bird, floral and scaled pattern to piece is complimented by more detail to rim and legs that really make this basket almost jump off the table at you.We are not sure of the silver content (if any) involved in the making of the piece. Some informational websites (easily found by the way if you are curious) say 4 times as much silver is involved in quadruple plating, but we are not metallurgist and we have no idea. It is marked as noted above, that is all we know.
We are guessing this is a general use basket of some type. It could have been used to hold condiments, food, cards, or other.
They made some bridle baskets of this size, but it is not likely a bride would gone for a crocodile & swamp setting, but who knows. Middletown made hundreds of different products and it seems many were one of a kind or at least made in very limited numbers.Some of their artisans were almost without match in our opinion. They made simple items as well, but the intricate ones like this are really amazing to behold. The basket is very solid and has no visible damage or repairs other than some slight dents to upper edge of basket where the handle rests on either side.
The dents really do not effect the appeal of the item as can be seen in pictures, but we wanted to note them. Middletown Plate Co was one of several metalwork and plating companies in or near Connecticut that merged in 1898 to form the International Silver Company which operated until 1983. The Meriden Britannia Co, Meriden Silver Plate Co, Simpson and Wilcox were among other companies involved in merge. Please follow our store if you love rare antiques, primitives and collectibles of many types. We scour the land for the rarest and neatest of items for our Buyers who love them.We offer everything from rusty industrial to fine art by renowned US and foreign artists. We have Americana, Antique advertising, Salesmen samples, Oil Paintings & sculptures by noted artists, Farm Primitives, Antique lighting fixtures and Aladdin lamps, militaria, Classic Comics, Sports Memorabilia and much, much more. It is our honor to offer these treasures to you. We offer premium quality items and provide lots of pictures (we count on our detailed photos to assist with describing the treasure) to assist you. Our packing is top notch (often taking 30 minutes to over an hour on delicate items).
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Don't forget to visit our store. Over 400 items that need their forever home! The item "Rare Ornate Atq Metal Basket Middletown Plate Co 1870-80's Crocodile Dragonfly" is in sale since Sunday, August 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Baskets".delks" and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Viet nam, Uruguay, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Turks and caicos islands, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Sri lanka.