Middletown Plate Company of Middletown, Conn., began business in 1864. They made a variety of metal and silver household items, and one of those items wound up in the collection of the Fenton History Center. The metal used to make this item is referred to as "hard white metal" which is an alloy made of at least two metals. Pewter and brass are two examples of an alloy. White metal often has a lead or tin base with other metals added. The alloys usually have a lower melting point and are easier to pour and harden faster. According to the mark on the bottom of the stand it was quadrupleplate which should be silver plate.