After assuming the presidency in April 1789, George Washington quickly began acquiring wares appropriate to the type of entertaining he wished to establish. He supplemented the furnishings Congress provided for him with private purchases, such as two Neoclassical "Silver waiters" and "Tea Trays" he paid New York silversmith Ephraim Brasher for on September 6, 1790. As their name suggests, the oblong trays held tea wares, while the smaller waiters were probably used to serve wine and other beverages in stemmed glasses.


Oval, flat-bottom tray with a cast and applied beaded border. Two upturned scroll handles are attached to the opposite ends of the slightly flared sides with cast acanthus leaf or ruffled shell ornaments.


c. 1790






Overall: 2 in. x 24 1/2 in. x 17 in. (5.08 cm x 62.23 cm x 43.18 cm)

62.2 cm5.1 cm43.2 cm

* Object size compared to a tennis ball

Credit Line

Purchase, 1932


Stamped twice between the handle returns on both sides: "E·B" in a rounded-corner rectangle.

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Colors (Beta)

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