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The silver flatware George Washington acquired in the 1780s included a host of specialized utensils adapted to distinct foods and occasions. Desserts spoons, slightly smaller than tablespoons, enabled a diner to gracefully partake of the fruits, nuts, and other confections served after dinner. This example, fashioned by Philadelphia silversmith Richard Humphreys, features a feather-edged border and Washington's engraved crest on the handle. More

Date

c. 1780


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Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 7 1/4 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. (18.42 cm x 3.51 cm x 2.87 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

Maker's mark: "R Humphreys" in script in conforming rectangle stamped on the reverse.


Object Number

W-2528/C


Colors


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