George Washington's accounts from 1758 onwards record numerous purchases of coffee as well as the equipage needed to prepare the imported beverage and the vessels required to serve and drink it in style. He paid £37.17.6 for this "Silvr Coffee Pot" engraved with his coat of arms just days before resigning his commission as Commander in Chief in December 1783. An expensive form to produce, the coffeepot's raised and hammered double-bellied body, cast leaf- and scroll-decorated S-curved spout, and carved S-scroll wooden handle make it an excellent example of Rococo silver. More


c. 1783




Silver, ebony


Overall: 14 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. x 5 1/8 in. (36.2 cm x 24.13 cm x 13.02 cm)
Overall (Diameter of base): 5 1/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (13.02 cm x 13.02 cm)


Gift of Mary Lee Bowman and Robert E. Lee, IV, 1981


Stamped twice on underside, once above and below centerpunch: "J·Anthony" in script letters, in a conforming surround.

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