This plate-warmer is one of a pair that George Washington purchased from the New York merchants Berry & Rogers in 1790. As its name implies, it was used to heat plates prior to a meal, thus enabling diners to enjoy their food without it quickly going cold. When its open back was placed in front of a fire in the dining room, the central box of tinned sheet iron created an oven-like environment that warmed the plates stacked on the shelves within. Its exterior was originally japanned (varnished) with a sleek black finish. More

Date

1790


People


Geography

  • Retailed - United States

Material/Technique

Sheet iron, japanning, wrought iron, copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall: 26 1/4 in. x 13 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (66.68 cm x 34.29 cm x 24.13 cm)


Credit

Gift of G. Freeland Peter, Jr., 1956


Object Number

W-2180


Colors


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