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iconnumber posted 07-02-2015 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everyone! I wanted to share 2 pieces that recently came into my possession. The first is a sugar/spooner for 12 spoons by the Empire Silver Plate Co. from Brooklyn. Rainwater doesn't give that much information about the company except that it was advertised in 1896 & seems to have been out of business in 1931. Does anyone have any more info about this company? And I always thought that sugar/spooners were an earlier form and not late 19th century or is that wrong? This piece was acquired by my mother about 40 years ago at an estate sale. She has always had a sharp eye.

My other new piece is an 1860's silverplate medallion sugar bowl with quite a nice cut glass insert. The medallions featured look to me like the heads of ancient Roman woman. The mark indicates that it was made by Mead & Co. Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. In Rainwater there is discussion of a John O Mead, but is this the Mead of Mead & Co? John Mead formed a company in Philly in 1846 called Mead & Robbins and there is some discrepancy in how long that company lasted, but Rainwater does not mention a company simply called Mead & Co. Any thoughts? Or perhaps the Mead of the sugar bowl is not the actual manufacturer of the piece? The mark is on an applied oval disk and it was not uncommon I believe for pieces in the metal to be sold between companies and then plated and marked with their own mark. Any thoughts always appreciated!!!

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2015 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the Medallion piece!

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2015 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See the PDF by T-Bird-Art Some Old Line Silver Companies

Empire Silver Plate Co.Brooklyn, New York.

Advertised in 1896 JW and JC&HR as manufacturers and importers of silverplated hollowares. Last
record found in 1931.

Empire Art Metal Work, New York, New York Manufacturers of silverplated flatware 1930's - 1950's.
Later controlled by Oneida Silversmiths.


And this ad which mentions Empire:

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2015 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool! I like the shapes of the handles on both pieces.

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2015 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you everyone for their feedback!

I came across on that site we all know just the frame of the medallion sugar bowl and it has the Meriden Britannia Company mark, so perhaps Meriden designed it and then sold it "in the metal" to Mead who then plated it or who just added a glass insert? I think too the piece is still 1860's in date.


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