In 1762, George Washington ordered from London a complete set of new china and flatware, including fourteen silver table spoons 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. More

Date

1762-1763


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

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


Credit

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


Marks

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".


Object Number

W-2536


Colors


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