The silver flatware George Washington acquired in the 1780s included a host of specialized utensils adapted to distinct foods and occasions. Salt spoons allowed the condiment to be served from a small glass or silver salt cellar placed within easy reach of diners at, or between, each place setting. 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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Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 3 5/8 in. x 13/16 in. x 7/16 in. (9.22 cm x 2.08 cm x 1.12 cm)


Credit

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


Marks

Maker's mark: "RH" in a conforming rectangle stamped on the reverse.


Object Number

W-2532


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