As the first President of the United States, George Washington set many social standards that would be followed by later administrations. He and Mrs. Washington entertained a steady stream of guests at the executive residences in New York and Philadelphia, including former soldiers, members of Congress, and foreign dignitaries. Those invited to dine received engraved invitations printed from copper plates, such as this one. It’s simple, yet elegant, design could be customized with the recipient's name, date, and time.

For examples of presidential invitations see also, MS-5832, MS-5722/A, MS-5722/B, MS-5797, MS-5745, and MS-5746.


Rectangular sheet of copper with rounded edges and corners; engraved with six lines of text, all in script letters, interspersed with four empty underlined spaces for the recipient's name, date, and time to be filled in by hand.


c. 1790-1797





Overall: 3 1/16 in. x 4 7/8 in. x 1/16 in. (7.77 cm x 12.4 cm x 0.15 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry Lane Eno, 1915
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon


Engraving on the obverse of the plate: "estatS detinU eht fo tnediserP ehT/ of erusaelP eht tseuqer notgnihsaW .srM dna/ _____ / kcolC'o _____ ta, txen _____ no enid to ynapmoC/ 971 _____ / .detseuqer is rewsna nA".

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