Although the silver caps on both cruets from George Washington's stand are unmarked, the similarity of their finials to that on Samuel Wood's marked caster (see caster W-2526) suggests Wood made all three surviving pieces. Cut glass was a luxury good in the 1750s. Grinding and polishing the hollow-diamond facets that completely cover both bottles required intense amounts of labor.

See also cruet stand, W-2518, and caster, W-2526.
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Date

1736-1757


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Material/Technique

Glass, silver


Dimensions

Overall (Bottle): 5 1/4 in. x 2 in. x 2 in. (13.34 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm)
Overall (Cap): 1 7/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 7/8 in. (4.76 cm x 2.22 cm x 2.22 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

unmarked


Object Number

W-2523/B


Colors


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