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This wall bracket may have been among the “Brackets glasses etc” purchased by George Washington from the Philadelphia carver and gilder James Reynolds on March 16, 1791. Mounted below a looking glass, it supported a lamp that would have illuminated the green drawing room of the presidential mansion during the Friday “drawing rooms” hosted by Mrs. Washington and other evening entertainments. At the conclusion of his term, Washington presented this bracket and its mate, along with a pair of oval looking glasses and lamps, to Elizabeth Powel, widow of Mayor Samuel Powel, as a “token of his respectful and affectionate remembrance.”

See also W-1181/A-B and W-57/B-C.


c. 1791




Gilt, gesso, wood, wire, iron


Overall (H x W x D): 18 in. x 12 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (45.72 cm x 32.39 cm x 21.59 cm)


Purchase, 1941

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