On May 15, 1750, Martha Dandridge married Daniel Parke Custis, marking her ascension into the highest echelon of Virginia society. As befitting her new station, she and her husband outfitted their home with the finest wares from England. This silver tea spoon, engraved with the early and distinctive Custis crest of a wingless bird of prey with feathered ears (often thought to be an eagle) was once part of an elegant tea service. Following the untimely death of her first husband in 1757 and her second marriage to George Washington, the spoon and Mrs. Washington made their way to Mount Vernon.

See also tea spoon, W-2537.


Silver tea spoon with oval bowl and rounded and upturned handle with a raised crest and central rib on the face; swage formed drop on back of bowl; Custis family crest, the head of a wingless bird of prey above a wreath, engraved near the end of the handle.


1739 - 1755


  • JS - Maker





Overall (H x W x D): 4 3/4 in. x 1 in. x 1/2 in. (12.07 cm x 2.54 cm x 1.27 cm)

Credit Line

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


Two hallmarks on the reverse of the handle: London Sterling standard mark depicting a lion passant within a fitted shield; Unidentified maker's mark in a circular field with the letters "J" and "S" in script.

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Colors (Beta)

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