The new American classics – hand crafted in Maryland! Pride in workmanship is the hallmark of Salisbury Pewter. Skilled crafts people who take personal pride in every item is what makes Salisbury Pewter’s handiwork truly heirloom quality.
This pewter Jefferson cup is inspired by the Original Jefferson cup (scroll down for the full story).
~ Cup is 3.25”dia. and 2.5”tall, holds 8 oz.THE JEFFERSON CUP STORY:
In 1806, Thomas Jefferson was bequeathed two silver cups by his friend and teacher George Wythe. Several years later, Jefferson sent the Wythe cups and two others to John Letelier, a Richmond, Virginia silversmith. He directed that the cups be melted down and made into eight smaller cups similar to a model which he had enclosed. They were to be gilded inside and four marked in the cipher style with “G.W. to T.J.” and four marked “T.J.”
The completed cups were received at Monticello in 1810 and were used there until Jefferson’s death in 1826. Four of the original eight Jefferson cups, which descended through Jefferson’s grandchildren, are presently in the Monticello collection.
CARING FOR PEWTER:
With little attention, the beauty of your pewter will last for generations, eventually gaining a soft, rich patina typical of the finest antiques.
Please follow these few suggestions:
~ After using, wash your pewter by hand (never in a dishwasher) in warm, soapy water, drying it with a soft towel.
~ Should your pewter ever need polishing, there are several good products available.
~ When storing your pewter, always wrap it in the original wrapping foam to avoid scratching.
~ Never wrap pewter in tissue paper as fine line scratching will occur.