This bell may have been among those that the workman Thomas Fenton installed at Mount Vernon in 1788. The Washingtons relied on skilled slaves as well as white overseers and servants to ensure that the estate ran with efficiency. The house bell system enabled the Washingtons to call slaves and servants to various rooms of the mansion when needed. More


c. 1784 - 1788



Copper alloy, iron


Overall (H x W x D): 9 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (24.46 cm x 13.03 cm x 15.57 cm)
Other (Bell): 3 3/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (9.53 cm x 6.68 cm x 6.68 cm)
Other (Coil): 7 1/2 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (19.05 cm x 13.03 cm x 15.57 cm)


Transferred to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association through the generosity of John Augustine Washington III, 1860
Conservation courtesy of Harry and Erika Lister

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