This elegant candlestick along with it's mate (W-3549/C-D) are likely one of two matching pairs that George Washington purchased from Philadelphia silversmith Rowland Parry on May 30, 1796. Described as "Octagonal plated," they were among an array of lighting devices used in the executive mansion that also included Argand lamps and silverplated candlesticks described as plain, oval, and "spangle" - the last perhaps in reference to glittering or sequin like ornament. They were fitted with removable bobeches (collars to catch dripping wax) for easy cleaning. When placed on the presidential dining table, they would have harmonized with Washington's classically inspired table ornaments, porcelain, and glassware. More


c. 1796



  • Retailed - United States
  • Made - England


Fused silverplate on copper


Overall (A): 10 3/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (26.37 cm x 12.4 cm x 12.4 cm)
Overall (B): 1 3/8 in. x 2 9/16 in. x 2 9/16 in. (3.51 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm)


Bequest of G. Freeland Peter, Jr., 1991
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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