In August 1759, George Washington received from London, "3 Salvers, 1 Top piece, 1 dozn Sullibub Glasses, 2 dozen Jellys, 1 dozen Sweet Meat ditto [glasses], [and] 2 dozn Baskets." Together, this glassware formed one of the most stunning centerpieces of the day - a pyramid of round glass salvers displaying a variety of specialized forms filled with tempting desserts. At its pinnacle was placed a top glass with a capacious bowl intended to hold a preserved orange or other fruit. Washington's "Top piece" likely resembled this tall stemmed glass.


Colorless glass sweetmeat or top glass; rib-molded ogee bowl with horizontal rim; eight-sided molded pedestal stem with diamond-topped shoulders and enclosed teardrop; double collar at top and base of stem; domed foot molded with eight ribs, each with a diamond protruding at top of dome; pontil mark.







Overall: 6 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (17.15 cm x 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm)
Other (base): 3 13/16 in. x 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm x 9.7 cm)
Other (bowl): 2 5/16 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (5.87 cm x 10.8 cm x 10.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Jerry Shephard, 1986

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