Saucepans of copper were commonly found in well-stocked kitchens of the eighteenth-century elite. They ranged in volume from one pint to four gallons and were used to sweat small groups of ingredients for the making of rich butter-based sauces. This 2-gallon tin-lined vessel was likely one of the three copper saucepans listed in George Washington's estate inventory. Its utility carried into the next generation, as Martha Parke Custis' husband, Thomas Peter, purchased it from the sale of Martha Washington's estate in 1802. The saucepan was returned to Mount Vernon in 1991 by a Peter descendant. More

Date

1750-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Copper, tin, iron


Dimensions

Overall (A): 7 5/8 in. x 10 in. x 10 in. (19.38 cm x 25.4 cm x 25.4 cm)
Overall (B): 2 in. x 10 3/4 in. x 10 3/4 in. (5.08 cm x 27.31 cm x 27.31 cm)


Credit

Bequest of G. Freeland Peter, Jr., 1991


Object Number

W-3550/A-B


Colors


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