George Washington's first recorded order of London silver for Mount Vernon included "A Neat cruit stand & Casters" along with "2 best cut glass cruets." The stand is the earliest known piece bearing Washington's coat of arms. During the 1760s, Richard Lomax Clay, an oilman on Fishstreet Hill, London, supplied Washington's annual requests for salad oil, pickled walnuts, capers, anchovies, French and Lucca olives, and "Durham mustard" - a refined, ground mustard. The Washingtons served flavorful ketchups and dressings made with these imported ingredients in this elegant stand.

See also cruets, W-2523/A-B, and caster, W-2526.
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Date

c. 1757


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Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 8 3/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (21.27 cm x 16.83 cm x 16.51 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

Four stamps on the underside of platform: lion passant in shield (standard mark), above; three marks below, left to right: leopard's head crowned in shield (London mark); script letters "JD" in conforming surround (maker's mark), and calligraphy letter "B" in shield (date letter).


Object Number

W-2518


Colors


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