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Bottle sliders, or "coasters," permitted diners to easily move wine bottles across a table and refill their own glasses, while preventing damage to the table's wood surface. With its orderly pierced bands, perfectly symmetrical flowers, and neatly engraved festoons, Washington's silver plated bottle slider- likely one of eight he asked Lafayette to purchase for him in France in October 1783 - smartly updated his dinner table to the internationally popular neoclassical style.


Coaster formed of a strip of fused, double plated silver on copper, seamed to form a circular gallery around a wooden base; pierced sides featuring two bands of a pierced, chevron-like design enclosing six, equidistant circles separated by festoons of bellflowers; five of the circles are pierced with eight-petaled flowers, the sixth is blank; die-stamped decoration in imitation of bright-cut and wrigglework engraving; drawn, stepped fused silverplate on copper bands applied around outside of rim and base; lathe-turned wooden base incised with a series of sixteen concentric circles on the obverse, around a .25" ivory button inserted at the center; reverse of wooden base has one deeply gouged ring just inside the outer edge.


c. 1783-1784



Fused silverplate on copper, wood, ivory


Overall: 1 3/8 in. x 5 in. x 5 in. (3.51 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm)

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Purchased with funds donated by the Ammerman Family Foundation in memory of Bruce Ammerman, 2008

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