by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is a pewter tea spoon found at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. It has the letters “BW” embossed on its handle, which might stand for “Betty Washington,” George Washington’s younger sister. Drinking and serving tea properly was part of the education and duties of a young gentry-class woman in the 18th century. The spoon may have been made on site.