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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.

Description

Colorless, blown glass bottle of mallet shape with slender neck, angular shoulders, and flat bottom with polished pontil mark. Cut decoration consists of hollow diamonds overall. Silver, cylindrical cap with domed top and cast finial is engraved with George Washington's crest: a griffin rising (facing the viewer's left) from a coronet with three strawberry leaves.

Date

1736-1757


People


Geography


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 Line

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


Marks

unmarked


Object Number

W-2523/B


Colors (Beta)


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