On February 3, 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 soon assembled an impressive array of silver hollow and flatware imported from England which included this candlestick. One of four in the Mount Vernon collection, it was originally part of a set of six that would have graced Jacky's dinner table. More

Date

1774-1775


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver, iron, wood, resin


Dimensions

Overall (candlestick): 11 11/16 in. x 5 in. (29.69 cm x 12.7 cm)
Other (bobeche): 1 1/4 in. x 2 3/8 in. (3.18 cm x 6.05 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1981
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Marks

Bobeche:
Engraved eagle head on bezel of bobeche, denoting the front of the piece.
John Winter & Co. makers mark stamped on seam of sleeve of bobeche: "I(unintelligible)o".
John Carter's makers mark stamped on front of nozzle of bobeche: "I.C".
Lion passant in a shield denoting the sterling standard hallmark stamped on front of bobeche sleeve.
Three chisel marks at the foot of the sleeve of the bobeche.

Candlestick:
Engraved eagle head on beribboned shield, denoting the front of the piece.
John Winter & Co. makers mark stamped on reverse of base: "(unintelligible)o".
John Carter's makers mark stamped on reverse of base: "I.C".
Lion passant in a shield denoting the sterling standard hallmark stamped on reverse of base.
Crowned leopard head in shield denoting its assay in London stamped on reverse of base.
Date letter in shield denoting the year 1774-1775 on reverse of base: "T".
Three chisel marks on the interior lip of the candle socket.


Object Number

W-2521/A


Colors


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