A visitor to Mount Vernon in 1796 noted that each evening at seven, if good weather allowed, the Washingtons and their guests proceeded to "the large and magnificent Portico at the back of the house where the tea equipage was paraded in order." George Washington had imported a complete set of silverplated tea and coffee wares from England in 1784, including a pair of sugar pails. The delicate piercing on this pail would have originally provided glimpses of the now missing cobalt blue glass liner. More


c. 1784




Fused silverplate on copper


Overall: 5 3/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (13.64 cm x 10.49 cm)


Purchase, 1982
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Engraved on one of the oval medallions on the body of the pail, the Washington crest, an eagle issuing from a coronet.

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