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White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining

From the earliest days of the White House, entertaining has been an important duty of the President and his wife or hostess. The White House glassware, like the state china services, has been an essential part of the social and political history of the President’s House.

This book surveys the many styles of glass that America’s presidents have used during the last 200 years.  Styles range from the elaborate cut glass of the late 19th century to today’s plainer but equally elegant tableware.

White House Glassware documents historic and social activities that have enlivened the White House during the course of nearly two centuries. Spillman relied on three primary sources: the glassware collection belonging to the White House, the purchase records preserved from each presidential administration, and the inventories taken during many administrations.

Published by the White House Historical Association in association with the National Geographic Society and The Corning Museum of Glass

144 pages, 24 color and 88 black and white illustrations
Jane Shadel Spillman
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White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining