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In June 1759, George Washington ordered eight dozen, assorted size "best hard mettle Plates with my Crest engraved" from his London agent. This service was used for formal dining which required matched dishes of various dimensions for serving multiple courses. Hard metal was the finest and most expensive of English pewter. Its composition lacked lead, making it a stronger material. After years of use, the highly-polished surface on Washington's genteel plates wore off and ceramics eventually took their place on his table as pewter fell out of favor among the elite around the time of the Revolution. More


c. 1759






Overall: 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (0.64 cm x 24.77 cm x 24.77 cm)


Purchase, 1959


Partial stamp on reverse of rim: "CLEEVE" in raised letters in a horizontal rectangle with part of a fluted column to left. Quality mark stamped incuse to right of maker's mark: "X" with crown above.

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