In 1762, George Washington ordered from London a complete set of new china and flatware, including fourteen silver tablespoons to compliment the ten he already owned. His purchase reflected not only his own passion for orderly appearances, but his desire to adopt the genteel dining practices of the English and colonial elite. Coordinated table settings supported the elaborate presentation of dinner and dessert courses that served to delight and impress guests. Each spoon was set on the table with its bowl downward in order to display Washington's engraved crest.


Silver tablespoon with elongated, oval bowl, rounded, upturned handle with midrib; rounded drop on the reverse of the handle where it joins the bowl; reverse of the handle engraved with the Washington crest, a griffin seated on a coronet.








Overall: 8 1/16 in. (20.47 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1981
Conservation courtesy of Virginia C. Mars


Marked on the reverse of the handle: Maker's mark, "TD"; London city mark, Leopard's head crowned; Sterling standard mark, Lion passant; date letter "G".

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