The marks on George Washington's cruet stand and this caster indicate two different silversmiths made them twenty years apart. The fact that the stand's maker, Jabez Daniell, served his apprenticeship with Samuel Wood, who crafted the caster, perhaps explains this combination. The weight of the silver in Washington's 1757 invoice listing the cruet stand and the invoice's mention of only two glass bottles indicate two additional matching casters completed the ensemble. All five vessels were engraved with Washington's crest at the time of his order. The casters contained dry condiments such as ground pepper and mustard.

See also cruet stand, W-2518, and cruets, W-2523/A-B.


Baluster-shaped caster on stepped pedestal foot with pierced and engraved cap and inverted urn-shaped finial. Body engraved with George Washington's crest: a griffin rising (facing the viewer's left) from a coronet with three strawberry leaves.

In cruet stand W-2815 with two cruets W-2523/A-B.


c. 1736






Overall: 6 1/2 in. x 2 in. x 2 in. (16.51 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm)

Credit Line

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


Four stamps on the underside of body, clockwise: lion passant in shield (standard mark), leopard's head crowned in shield (London markl), "S·W" in an oval surround (maker's mark); "a" in shield (date letter).

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Colors (Beta)

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