This large, unmarked salver was possibly crafted in Richard Humphrey's shop based on the similarity of its cast and applied border to known Philadelphia examples. The handling of George Washington's engraved crest is also comparable to that seen on camp cups and spoons Humphreys supplied Washington with in 1780. Washington probably purchased the salver in Philadelphia while en route to Mount Vernon after the Revolution. Once back in Virginia, he still needed more footed trays to hold wineglasses when entertaining. He commissioned Alexandria silversmith Edward Sanford for two smaller salvers modeled after this Philadelphia-made piece. More


c. 1783






Overall (Diameter): 11 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (29.21 cm x 29.21 cm)


Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee IV, 1981
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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