George Washington's English Rose Jelly Glass

  • This beautiful cut glass jelly glass belonged to George and Martha Washington
  • This glass was part of Washington’s dessert service both as president and at his Mount Vernon home
  • The glass bears the Washington family seal in green wax
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Item No. 30-8291

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Once owned by President and First Lady George and Martha Washington, this delicate jelly glass bears the Washington family seal in green wax. Crafted in the English Rose pattern, this rare and delicate glass was once part of the dessert service both during Washington’s presidency and afterward at his Mount Vernon estate. Intricate decorations, from the sharply scalloped rim to the floral cut border and faceting, adorn the elegant trumpet shaped vessel. Distinguished for its incredible presidential provenance, this glass is also a work of skillful artistry. 

A second example of this jelly glass is currently in the collection of Mount Vernon, the historic home of the Washingtons.

Circa 1790 

2 1/2" diameter x 4 1/8” high 

Provenance:
Descended from Martha Washington’s will to granddaughter Eleanor Parke Lewis
Lawrence Lewis
H.L.D. Lewis, great-great- granddaughter of Martha
Thos. Birch’s Sons, Auctioneers, Philadelphia, 1891
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Auction, New York, 1950
Joseph E. Fields, II; Hendershott Museum Consultants
Claude & Ines Hawkins
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

This glass has been exhibited in the following museums:
Portland Art Museum
Gerald R. Ford Museum & Library
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, on 3 different occasions
Society of Cincinnati Headquarters, Washington DC, on 2 different occasions
James Michener Museum
St. Bonaventure University – Quick Art Center
Brandywine River Museum
The Museum at Stony Brook
The Museum of our National Heritage
Heritage Society Museum – Houston
Mahwah, NJ Historical Society Museum
George Washington's English Rose Jelly Glass
Origin: America
Type: Americana
Diameter: 2.5 Inches
Height: 4.13 Inches

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