In 1783, George Washington asked his nephew, Bushrod Washington, to discreetly inquire if "plate is fashionable and much used in genteel houses in France and England." He must have been satisfied with the answer, for he soon requested New York merchant Daniel Parker to order for him silver plated tea and coffee wares from England. The shipment that arrived in December 1784 included "2 Ea sug[a]r & cream pails with Ladles & Glasses," each engraved with Washington's crest. The delicate piercing on this sugar pail would have originally provided glimpses of the now missing cobalt blue glass liner. More


c. 1784




A: Fused silverplate on copper B: Silverplate


Overall: 5 3/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (13.64 cm x 10.49 cm)


Gift of Lieutenant Commander George Edward French (U.S.N.), 1952
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Engraved on one of the oval medallions on the body of the pail, the Washington crest, an eagle issuing from a coronet.

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