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 such as this basket used to serve bread, cake, and fruit at the dinner table.

See also hot water urn, W-107, salvers, W-108, W-2516 and W-2760, cruet stand, W-484, punch strainer, W-2527, ladle, W-2554, and candlesticks, W-2521/A.1-D.2.
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Date

c. 1774-1775


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 10 1/2 in. x 13 5/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (26.67 cm x 34.61 cm x 26.67 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

Two hallmarks or stamps on the rim of the basket flanking the rear handle pivot: British sterling standard mark features a lion passant in a pointed shield; maker's mark features the letters "B" and "D" separated by a dot, all in a canted-corner rectangle. Two hallmarks or stamps on the rim of the basket flanking the front handle pivot: London city mark features a crowned leopard's head in a shield; date letter features the letter "T" in a pointed shield. Two hallmarks or stamps on the center of the underside of the handle: British sterling standard mark features a lion passant in a pointed shield; partial maker's mark featuring a dot followed by the letter "D".


Object Number

W-2519


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