This diminutive ladle was used to serve cream or sugar in coffee or tea. It arrived at Mount Vernon in late 1784 with other English plated tea and coffee wares George Washington had requested. Each piece was engraved with his crest. Guests to Mount Vernon took notice of these fashionable Neoclassical imports. One visitor in June 1796, offered tea at the usual hour of seven in the evening, described "the large and magnificent Portico at the back of the house where the tea equipage was paraded in order." More

Date

c. 1784


Geography

  • Possibly manufactured - England
  • Possibly manufactured - England

Material/Technique

Fused silverplate on copper


Dimensions

Overall: 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. x 1 1/2 in. (1.91 cm x 14.29 cm x 3.81 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1975


Object Number

W-2669


Colors


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