Anticipating large presidential entertainments, George Washington ordered twelve wine coolers from England in October 1789. When the coolers proved too unwieldy to pass around the table, he proposed the creation of decanter stands "open at the sides, but with a raised Rim as Castors have - and an upright by way of handle in the middle." Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Cooke was commissioned to create a pair of these silver bottle rollers. Upon his retirement from the presidency, Washington brought the rollers to Mount Vernon, where they continued to facilitate the orderly flow of wine at dinner. More






Silver, brass


Overall: 14 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 in. (35.56 cm x 24.13 cm x 24.46 cm)


Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee, IV, 2007


Maker's mark stamped four times on the reverse of the central base of the stand, near each point: "IC".

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