Drinking punch in the eighteenth-century was a convivial social occasion with a distinct equipage. The London date mark of 1750-1751 on this strainer suggests that it was part of the Custis plate brought by Martha Washington to Mount Vernon from her first marriage. A necessary implement of fashionable entertaining in any genteel colonial Virginia home, the strainer removed remnants of spices and fruit pulp from the potent mixture of East or West Indian spirits, citrus juice, sugar, and spices. It likely served guests to both the Custis and Washington households and was used at Mount Vernon throughout the Washingtons' lifetimes. More

Date

1750-1751


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 1 1/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. x 3 5/8 in. (2.87 cm x 15.88 cm x 9.22 cm)
Other (bowl): 1 1/8 in. x 3 11/16 in. x 3 5/8 in. (2.87 cm x 9.37 cm x 9.22 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Walter Gibson Peter, Jr., in memory of Agnes Peter Mott, 1975


Marks

Marked in the well of the bowl, around the center: Partially obscured maker's mark, "M"; Date letter, "p"; London city mark, leopard's head crowned; Sterling standard mark, lion passant.

Marked on the reverse of one handle: Maker's mark, "S M" with a grain in between the letters; Sterling standard mark, lion passant.

Marked on the reverse of the other handle: Maker's mark, "S M" with a grain in between the letters; Sterling standard mark, lion passant.


Object Number

W-2688


Colors


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