As George Washington awaited word of the official end of the war at his Newburgh, New York headquarters, he frequently entertained his officers, their wives, and visiting dignitaries. Seeking fashionable furnishings for his wartime table, he commissioned local silversmith Andrew Billing to craft this feather-edged punch ladle, similar to the tablespoons that the Philadelphia silversmith Richard Humphreys had supplied him in 1780. Partaking of a bowl of punch with his staff and guests was one means of fostering goodwill and camaraderie during an otherwise tedious time.

See also W-2535/A-D, W-2528/A-E, W-2530, and W-2532.
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Date

c. 1782 - 1783


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 12 1/4 in. x 3 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (31.12 cm x 8.59 cm x 5.72 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

Maker's mark stamped twice on the reverse of the handle: "A. BILLING" in a conforming rectangle.


Object Number

W-2524


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