Bottle sliders or "coasters" permitted diners to move wine bottles across the table and refill their own glasses more easily while preventing the table's wood surface from being damaged by moisture. With its orderly pierced bands, perfectly symmetrical flowers and neatly engraved festoons, Washington's bottle slider - one of eight he requested Lafayette to purchase in France in October 1783 - smartly updated his dinner table to the internationally popular neoclassical style. More


c. 1784



Fused silverplate on copper, unidentified hardwood


Overall: 1 5/16 in. x 5 1/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (3.33 cm x 13.02 cm x 13.02 cm)


Purchase, 1981
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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