On February 4, 1774 the surviving son of Martha Washington -- John "Jacky" Parke Custis -- married Eleanor Calvert, uniting two of the most well-connected and wealthy families in colonial America. Although young (nineteen and sixteen, respectively), the couple recognized the importance of surrounding themselves with fine goods that spoke of their fortune, taste, and gentility. They assembled an impressive array of silver hollow and flatware imported from England including this salver. It is one of four that originally graced the Custis dinner table; three are now at Mount Vernon.

See also hot water urn, W-107, cruet stand, W-484, salvers, W-108 and W-2760, bread basket, W-2519, punch strainer, W-2527, ladle, W-2554, and candlesticks, W-2521/A.1-D.2. More

Date

c. 1774-1775


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 1 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (3.18 cm x 26.04 cm x 26.04 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1981


Marks

Four hallmarks or stamps on the underside of the salver, near left edge: maker's mark features the letters "I" and "C", separated by a dot, all in a canted-corner rectangle; date letter features the letter "T" in a shield; British sterling standard mark features a lion passant in a pointed shield; London city mark features a crowned leopard's head in a shield.


Object Number

W-2516


Colors


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