In May 1759, just a few months after the Washingtons' wedding, George Washington wrote to the London firm of Robert Cary & Company requesting a host of tablewares, including "1 Fashionable Sett of Dessert Glasses, and Stands for Sweet Meats Jellys &ca." This cut-glass example may have been one of the "2 doz. Jelly glasses" he received in August. The hollow-cut diamonds ornamenting the body represented the latest advance in English glass cutting. Filled with clear or colored jelly and set around a pyramid of glass salvers, this jelly glass was one element in a stunning table display.


Jelly glass with trumpet bowl, flattened knop, and octagonal, facet cut foot; scalloped cut edge; bowl is ornamented with hollow cut diamonds.


c. 1759






Overall: 4 9/16 in. x 2 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (11.58 cm x 6.99 cm x 6.99 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1957

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Colors (Beta)

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