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pinitGlobeFlutes1The Shop at Monticello is offering a NEW holiday contest this year! Anyone can head on over to Pinterest and Pin to Win a Monticello Musical Snow Globe.

Monticello is truly beautiful after a new snow. Our highly collectible snow globe is an accurate three dimensional view of the home of Thomas Jefferson. The semicircular globe sits on a faux wood resin base. The snow globe plays Mozart’s Eline Kleine Nachtmusik, a song well known to Jefferson. 4 1/2″ diameter, 5 1/4″ high. Available for $56.

Attending a Monticello Holiday Event? Pin a photo from your visit with the hashtag #MonticelloHoliday and you could win the Monticello Musical Snow Globe and a Monticello Toasting Flutes Gift Set! Anyone who participates in a Wreath or Gingerbread House Workshop, the Holiday Open House, our Holiday Classic 5K, Handmade for the Holidays or a Holiday Evening Tour is eligible to enter.

cvr_champagne_smallJefferson was a true connoisseur. Monticello champagne flutes, with their clean forms and exquisite engraving, speak volumes about his taste for fine design. Very little of the glassware Jefferson purchased between 1767 and 1821 survives. Our stemware, based on a rare original, is mouth-blown full lead crystal, cut and etched by hand with a sprig and wheel band.

Each exclusive Toasting Flutes Gift Set includes two handmade champagne flutes nestled in a black velvet-lined gift box tied with Monticello ribbon. Toast the new year with style and celebrate weddings, anniversaries or other momentous occasions with our sophisticated stemware. Each 5-oz. glass is 9″h and the set is a $149 value.

For more of The Shop’s seasonal favorites, visit http://www.monticelloshop.org/home-decor-seasonal.html

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Modern Uses for Monticello Classics

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The house was in an unfinished state, and when Mr. Seymour observed it, Mr. Jefferson replied—“And I hope it will remain so during my life, as architecture is my delight, and putting up, and pulling down, one of my favourite amusements.” –Thomas Jefferson (as told by Margaret Bayard Smith)

Thomas Jefferson was constantly designing and reinventing furnishings and devices to improve day to day living. As a “Founding Tastemaker,” Jefferson remains a source of inspiration for contemporary home decor. Modern, alternative uses for these Jeffersonian classics reveal both Jefferson’s ingenuity and the continued functionality of his designs.

Revolving BookstandAmong the many fascinating devices found in Jefferson’s Cabinet, this one perhaps most clearly suggests Jefferson’s passion for knowledge. The Revolving Bookstand, once thought to be a music stand, was probably made or adapted to Jefferson’s design and specifications in the joinery at Monticello. The cube-shaped stand has five adjustable rests that can be folded down to form a cube. A central pole enables the stand to rotate at the bottom and as many as five books could be placed on it at a time. Jefferson may have conveniently placed it next to his chair in his reading-and-writing arrangement.

Swap the books for framed photos and this remarkable device can display your friends, family and favorite moments. Made of solid mahogany with a soft, hand-polished finish, the rotating stand holds multiple picture frames at adjustable angles on rests that fold down to form a 12″ cube.Canterbury

An excellent accompaniment to the Revolving Bookstand is the Monticello Canterbury. The Jefferson family kept favorites from their enormous collection of sheet music in this portable rack. It has four compartments and a lower open shelf. Corner pieces, each topped with small turned finials, extend into turned legs ending in brass casters. The casters and the “hand hole” at the middle divider allowed the Canterbury to be “run in under the pianoforte.”

The Canterbury is still quite handy, though you’re just as likely to use its four compartments and lower shelf as convenient storage for your most cherished books and magazines. The casters on the legs and handgrip at the top make it easy to move around, allowing your stacks of reading to come with you. Mahogany, with brass casters.

How would you use these two timeless Jeffersonian pieces in your home? Post your favorite alternative use below!

On This Day in History: Lewis & Clark

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Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to explore the northwest territory in order to observe a transcontinental route and natural resources. In 1804, about 45 men led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark moved up the Missouri River, crossed the Rocky Mountains, and from the Columbia River, reached the Pacific Ocean by November 1805. They returned to St. Louis by September 1806 with great fanfare and important information on native people, plants and animals, and geography.

On June 19, 1803, Meriwether Lewis wrote William Clark inviting him to help lead the exploration of the Louisiana Territory. Lewis concluded his letter with the following:

“If therefore there is anything under those circumstances, in this enterprise, which would induce you to participate with me in it’s fatiegues, it’s dangers and it’s honors, believe me there is no man   on earth with whom I should feel equal pleasure in sharing them as with yourself.”

Commemorate their historic expedition with exploration themed accents and learn more about their journey’s legacy with books available from The Shop at Monticello!

Curated by Monticello: The Windsor Chair

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Monticello was both Thomas Jefferson’s “sanctum sanctorum” and a frequent venue for large parties and gatherings of family, friends, and political allies (and adversaries). Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Jefferson’s grandson, painted a telling portrait of his grandfather as an entertainer. He wrote, “Twelve years before his death, he remarked to me…that if he lived long enough he would beggar his family—that the number of persons he was compelled to entertain would devour his estate.”

painted-bow-back-windsor-chair-3[1]It goes without saying that Jefferson needed a great deal of furniture to accommodate his many guests. Jefferson commissioned numerous Windsor chairs for Monticello which could be moved around the house according to where guests were gathered. He prided himself on having stylistically cohesive designs for Monticello’s furniture; the Windsor chair’s classic style and high-quality woodwork complemented rather than disrupted his vision—even if an abundance of chairs were drawn into one room for entertaining purposes. Today, the Windsor chair is featured throughout Monticello as a reminder of Jefferson’s love for entertaining guests.

The Shop’s own Painted Bow-Back Windsor Chairs are so true to Jefferson style that Monticello curators have selected them to furnish newly restored rooms on the second and third floors of Monticello as part of the Mountaintop Project. In accordance with Monticello’s mission of preservation and education, the Mountaintop Project entails the restoration of the upper bedchambers and passages of Monticello, enabling guests to explore Jefferson’s mountaintop home as he knew it and learn more about the members of Jefferson’s household.

Add a touch of Jefferson’s stylish, functional simplicity to your own home with The Shop at Monticello’s Windsor Chair! This solid wood chair has bamboo-turned legs and a comfortable shaped seat. It’s made in the U.S.A. with the same care for quality as the originals, and like Jefferson’s Windsor chairs it looks great in any room in the house. The Shop’s Round Cherry Table resembles tables made at the Monticello joinery and pairs nicely with the Windsor Chair. Complete the look with the Checkered Floorcloth, which is inspired by the floorcloths Jefferson placed in Monticello’s Entry Hall.

These Jeffersonian pieces are sure to transform your home into a beautiful space for entertaining and make it the new favorite gathering place of your family and friends alike.

History of the Quote: “I cannot live without books”

A 1582Quotations by Thomas Jefferson are frequently used by professors, politicians, and “experts” in just about every field, but why did Jefferson say what he said when? Endrina Tay, Monticello’s  Associate Foundation Librarian for Technical Services at the Jefferson Library, shares the story behind Jefferson’s famous book quote. 

I cannot live without books, where fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object[1],” declared Thomas Jefferson to John Adams in June 1815, shortly after the tenth and last wagon carrying his library left Monticello for Washington, D.C.  Jefferson had sold his library to Congress to replace the congressional library that was destroyed when the British burned the United States Capitol on August 24, 1814.  Congress, he felt, could not function without access to a proper reference library, so he promptly offered his own.

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His library collection numbered over 6,500 volumes.  It was the result of nearly 50 years of painstaking organization and meticulous selection from all of the principal book marts and publishing centers in Europe and America. Over 2,000 alone had been acquired while he was in Europe between 1784 to 1789, first as minister plenipotentiary to negotiate commercial treaties with foreign powers, and then as minister to France.  Jefferson was justifiably proud of his unique collection, calling it the “choicest collection of books in the US[2]”. The range of subjects it covered was truly remarkable — from history, mathematics, natural history and the sciences, to law, politics, ethics, religion, literature and fine arts.  In recommending his collection to Congress, he wrote, “there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.[3]”

After heated and rancorous debate, Congress approved the purchase of Jefferson’s library.  The sale provided Jefferson with a much needed cash infusion of $23,950, which he used to settle outstanding debts, and yes … to acquire more books!  While busy organizing and packing up his prized collection for the journey north to Washington, he was already planning another library at Monticello, albeit on a much smaller scale.  He wrote, “I have now to make up again a collection for myself of such as may amuse my hours of reading.[4]”

Since childhood, Jefferson was never far away from books.  He drew ideas, inspiration and innumerable hours of delight from them.  Reading was for him his “greatest of all amusements[5].”  He counted it among the simple joys of life.  While carrying out his diplomatic duties in Paris in 1788, he wrote, “I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post which any human power can give.[6]”  Now in retirement after leaving public life in 1809, he turned to reading as a welcome escape from the daily tedium of attending to his correspondence and business affairs.

The replacement library he envisaged would reflect his retirement interests over the last 11 years of his life, and come to include many of his favorite titles and editions.  Between 1815 and 1819, we observe a book buying frenzy in Jefferson’s correspondence and account books.  With the aid of George Ticknor, David Bailie Warden and others, Jefferson tapped booksellers across the Atlantic and in metropolitan centers like Philadelphia and New York to replenish his empty shelves at Monticello.  By the time of his death in 1826, his “little collection of books[7]” had grown to some 1,600 volumes.  Granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Randolph, recalled, “Books were at all times his chosen companions, and his acquaintance with many languages gave him great power of selection … I saw him more frequently with a volume of the classics in his hand than with any other book.[8]”  He continued to enjoy works of history in various languages, particularly ancient history, along with scientific works, especially physics and geometry.  He read Tacitus, Thucydides, Homer, Virgil, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Milton, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, among many others.  He also kept up with new publications by reading the Edinburgh Review, and “kept himself acquainted with what was being done, said, or thought in the world from which he had retired[9].”  Jefferson had intended his library to become part of the University of Virginia after his death.  But sadly, it was dispersed at auction in Washington, D.C. in 1829, with the remainder sold off in a smaller sale in Philadelphia in 1831, in an effort to settle his debts.

Apart from his library at Monticello, Jefferson also maintained a satellite library at his Poplar Forest retreat in Bedford County.  There he maintained his “petit format” library of small-format editions of works by British, Italian, French, Greek and Latin poets, along with works of prose by his favorite authors.  Jefferson’s grandson, Francis Eppes, inherited Poplar Forest and its contents, and years later, put 675 volumes from Jefferson’s Poplar Forest library up for sale in New York in 1873.

Jefferson spent his life surrounded by books.  For him, books were indeed “a necessary of life[10].”

TayEndrina Tay is Associate Foundation Librarian for Technical Services at the Jefferson Library at Monticello.  Since joining the Foundation in 2002, she has been responsible for creating access to Monticello’s research and library resources, training and supervising library volunteers, and adapting technology solutions for the Jefferson Library.  Since 2004, she has been project manager for Thomas Jefferson’s Libraries, a project based at Monticello in partnership with LibraryThing.com, to build a comprehensive and publicly accessible inventory of the books Jefferson owned, read, and recommended during this lifetime.


[1] Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, June 10, 1815. Published in Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004), vol. 8, 523.

[2] Thomas Jefferson to Samuel H. Smith, May 8, 1815, PTJ:RS, vol. 8, 476.

[3] Thomas Jefferson to Samuel H. Smith, September 21, 1814, PTJ:RS, vol. 7, 683.

[4] Thomas Jefferson to David Bailie Warden, February 27, 1815, PTJ:RS, vol. 8, 292.

[5] Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, August 22, 1813, PTJ:RS, vol. 6, 437.

[6] Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Donald, February 7, 1788. Published in Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950), vol. 12, 572.

[7] Thomas Jefferson to George Ticknor, March 19, 1815, PTJ:RS vol. 8, 361.

[8] Henry S. Randall, The Life of Thomas Jefferson (New York: Derby & Jackson, 1858), vol. 3, 346.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush, June 22, 1819. Series 1, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mtj.mtjbib023533

Artisan Kirk McCauley

 

From bowls to butterfly houses and from bird houses to letter openers, Artisan Kirk McCauley makes an assortment of handcrafted products out of wood from Monticello. McCauley highlights the inherent qualities of the wood in each item he makes and frequently experiments with a variety of different forms.

His experience working with wood from the Monticello Tulip Poplar trees, long thought to be “originals” from Jefferson’s time that were recently taken down due to their increasing structural instability, has been a remarkably positive one. According to McCauley if the “history alone” isn’t enough to impact you, the beautiful colors of the tulip poplars should do the trick.

“The colors are not normal for Tulip Poplar,” McCauley remarks, “but the wood is so old and there was so much metal added from trying to stabilize the trees that purples and blacks were added to the wood.” This sentiment, that both age and preservation efforts have colored the Monticello Tulip Poplar wood unique, is shared by all who have worked with it, including bowl turner Fred Williamson. “There’s a real sense of connection with the tree,” Williamson says, “The wood was remarkable to work with, much harder than any poplar I’d experienced before, and with an immediate sense of age to it.”

McCauley uses a number of different processes, mixtures of carving and turning, when working with the Monticello Tulip Poplar.

Handcarved Monticello Tulip Poplar Chess Set“One of the most interesting pieces I’ve worked on is the chess set,” McCauley notes. The sets are painstaking crafted with hand tools making each piece one of a kind. “The process takes a really long time, but the end results make it worth it” he adds. His craftsmanship and experimentation have landed one of the sets on display in the World Chess Hall of Fame.

Thomas Jefferson, an avid chess player, would probably have appreciated McCauley’s efforts. Jefferson’s granddaughter, Ellen Wayles Coolidge described Jefferson’s chess abilities as follows, “he was, in his youth, a very good chess-player. There were not among his associates, many who could get the better of him. I have heard him speak of ‘four hour games’ with Mr. Madison.” On several occasions Jefferson sent chess sets to friends he held in high esteem and in 1771 he wrote, “we shoud talk over the lessons of the day, or lose them in Musick, Chess, or the merriments of our family companions. The heart thus lightened, our pillows would be soft, and health and long life would attend the happy scene.”

For more information on the history of the Monticello Tulip Poplars and gifts crafted from Monticello wood, visit the Shop’s Handcrafted Gifts section. For more history and quotations about Jefferson and chess check out the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia.

“Bring the Look Home”

  

BRINGLOOKHOME4Southern Living Magazine’s August 2013 issue features Monticello as one of three iconic and historic Southern homes. Monticello is an expression of Thomas Jefferson’s interests in architecture, art, history, and innovation. We celebrate Jefferson’s remarkable style for its timelessness and classic style. The Shop at Monticello allows you to bring the look home.

Essential Tools

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Jefferson was a man of practicality; he filled his library with tools that were functional yet stylish. His family recalled that he spent hours at his desk penning letters to acquaintances, merchants, and political figures.

Evoke the craft of quill calligraphy characteristic of Jefferson’s letters and Memorandum notes with our Pewter Inkwell and Quill Set. The beautiful inkstand is a statement piece in any office or library.

Among the many ingenious devices found in Jefferson’s Cabinet the Revolving Bookstand was one that perhaps most clearly suggests Jefferson’s passion for knowledge. It was probably made or modified to Jefferson’s design and specifications in the joinery.  Our Revolving Bookstand reproduction is a Jefferson classic and a true Monticello replica. Designed for efficient and easy access to five books at a time, one can imagine Jefferson swiveling his volumes about on his desk while engrossed in profound thought. Our bookstand keeps important reference books, notes, and papers at the ready.

Worldly Accents

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Monticello’s Entrance Hall tells a story about the history of American culture and progress across many years. Its walls feature a variety of Native American artifacts, world maps, stone busts, and wild game mounts. As a reception area for Jefferson’s guests, the Hall was Jefferson’s opportunity to educate visitors about the culture of the surrounding region and their new country, as well as start a discussion about the articles in the room.

Jefferson was an avid collector of maps.  In an ongoing effort to place Monticello within the larger universe, Jefferson established a museum in his double-story Entrance Hall, complete with maps of the world, European paintings and sculptures, and examples of items from the New World. Our Magnetic Atlas Print adds a Jeffersonian touch to your own walls. The print is a reproduction of Maryland cartographer John Churchman’s 1790 map inscribed to George Washington. Its delicate attention to details suggests a former usefulness in charting the world as a magnetic entity.

Gilles Robert de Vaugondy also known as Le Sieur or Monsieur Robert, and his son, Didier Robert de Vaugondy were leading cartographers in France during the 18th century. Didier was appointed geographer to Louis XV in 1760 and published globes of various sizes.  The Monticello Globe with Stand is inspired by the 1745 Vaugondy globe, which showed the routes of contemporary explorers. The solid mahogany stand is a replica of an antique sphere stand.

Classic Furnishings

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Monticello’s Parlor was the site of celebrations, including weddings and christenings. Jefferson insisted upon quality-made furniture that was durable, stylish, and comfortable. To accommodate guests and family, there were a large number and variety of chairs, ranging from sofas that doubled as sleeping quarters for overnight guests to campeachy chairs. Jefferson admired the campeachy, or “siesta,” chairs because “Age, its infirmities and frequent illnesses have rendered indulgence in that easy kind of chair truly acceptable.” Granddaughter Ellen recalled seeing Jefferson in the campeachy chair, “where, in the shady twilight, I was used to see him resting.”

Bring his look home with our Campeachy Chair, which Jefferson appears to have popularized when he served as President and continued to use during his retirement at Monticello. Our campeachy chair is based upon a reproduction featured in Monticello’s parlor and adds a touch of elegant comfort to any office or living room.

Mahogany accents are one of Monticello’s distinguishing style features. The Shop at Monticello reproduces the finest quality replicas based upon the originals featured inside the house. Martha Jefferson used the Joinery Work Table as her sewing station, storing various needles and threads in its two generous drawers. The table’s elegant design and convenient drop leaves make it a versatile statement piece. The Monticello Canterbury was used as a portable rack for storing music sheets inside the house. Still handy today, the Canterbury is perfect for storing magazines, newspapers, or frequently used files. The gorgeous mahogany woodwork and brass casters make this reproduction piece an elegant accent as well as a functional tool.

Famous Hospitality

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Famous for his hospitality, Jefferson played host to members of his large family and numerous guests at Monticello. The Dining Room was frequently crowded with family and guests, invited and uninvited.

Extensive recent research by paint experts indicated that Jefferson chose a brilliant chrome yellow for the Dining Room around 1815. It was one of the most fashionable colors of the time and also one of the most expensive: Chrome yellow pigment cost $5 per pound, twice as much as Prussian blue and 33 times more than white lead. Ralph Lauren Home, sponsor of the Monticello’s Dining Room restoration (June 2010), debuted a new paint color, Monticello™ Yellow in September 2010.  Ralph Lauren Home has been a longtime supporter of great American treasures, including funding for the preservation of the original Star-Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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With hundreds of acres of fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens, one can imagine that visiting Monticello during Jefferson’s time was a delightful culinary experience. Daniel Webster described it as “half Virginian, half French.”

Jefferson preferred a more casual style of dining but maintained his preference for classic style with his serveware. The Shop at Monticello reproduces several items seen in the Monticello Dining Room and Tea Room.

The Creamware Basket was a staple in the dining room and the reproduction is perfect as a breadbasket or accent piece. It features an etched line design characteristic of the nineteenth century dining room.

Our Jefferson Flatware Set is a modern adaptation of the original French “fiddle and thread” pattern used in the Monticello Dining Room. Impress dinner guests with the same elegant, classic look Jefferson preferred at his table.

The Dining Room at Monticello also featured beautiful English pearlware with deep blue accents; our Monticello Reproduction Mug is based on pearlware artifacts excavated at Monticello. The handsome, hand-painted mug serves tea or coffee in classic, effortless style.

 

The Revolving Bookstand

Our Monticello Collection captures the charm of Thomas Jefferson’s home with carefully crafted reproductions of items on display at Monticello. In this video, Bob Self, Monticello’s Director of Restoration describes his involvement in the reproduction process and the history of Jefferson’s Revolving Bookstand.

A Jefferson-Inspired Library

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After selling his collection of books to the Library of Congress, Jefferson soon realized he wanted to replenish his library. He wrote to John Adams, “I cannot live without books,” and soon began to fill his Book Room at Monticello.

Are you a passionate reader looking to create your own comfortable nook to read in? It’s easy to find inspiration for your home library in Jefferson’s own suite of private rooms which included his Book Room, Cabinet or office, Bedchamber and Greenhouse. Furnish your library with these Jefferson–inspired pieces, to create a stylish and serviceable space.

library-stand-215The first step to get organized is to find the right shelving. The Library Stand is a striking alternative to your standard bookshelf. With gorgeous neoclassical fretwork, sleek mahogany finish, and wide glass shelves for ample storage, this piece personifies timeless taste and function. The stand’s special tilting top shelf is a great way to show off an atlas, dictionary, or favorite volume.

monticellostore_2272_108315772[1]With four compartments and a shelf, the Monticello Canterbury is perfect place for storing magazines, newspapers, or office files. Jefferson and his family used the original Canterbury to store their favorite sheet music. Whether you use it as a handy wood magazine rack or for its original purpose, the reproduction Canterbury is just as practical today. Its top handle and legs with brass rolling casters make it easy to transfer your preferred reading material from home office to your favorite chair.

Campeachy Chair

Nothing says classic Jeffersonian style like the Campeachy Chair. Jefferson’s first Campeachy was imported from New Orleans, but he liked the chair so much he had Jon Hemings, a plantation joiner, make copies for both Monticello and his retreat home, Poplar Forest. Jefferson used the mahogany chair throughout his Presidency and his retirement, referring to it as, “…that easy kind of chair.” With classic style and a relaxed feel, the chair features an X-shaped base, generous armrests, a serpentine crest rail, and a low-slung seat of reinforced leather. Our reproduction chair is based on the Campeachy chair currently featured in Monticello’s parlor. Bob Self, Saunders Director of Restoration at Monticello, claims that particular Campeachy is “the most comfortable” of all the originals and that its reproductions are truly faithful replicas.

folding-library-steps-207If you have hard to reach shelves or are just in need of a fun side table, our Folding Library Steps are a smart solution. Bring some green to your reading room by setting a plant on each step or fold the bottom steps in to make a smaller side table. Made out of solid mahogany, our multi-purpose Folding Library Steps are a great addition to any room. With these key pieces in home, you can sit back in style and enjoy your “greatest of all amusements, books.”

 

The Jefferson Cup

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As a man of impeccable classic taste, it is no wonder that nearly every aspect of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate, including his drinkware, was crafted to his preference. The silver and gold tumblers that appear in Monticello’s Dining Room exude the simple elegance and style popular to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1810, Jefferson designed his own tumblers based on one he had acquired in Paris. He contacted Richmond silversmith John Letelier for the project and requested he melt down two silver cups he received at the death of his friend and teacher, George Wythe with two of Jefferson’s own canns (round-bellied mugs) in order to create eight new silver tumblers with a gilded interior.

These tumblers were of practical design and intended for travel and everyday use. They feature a low- bottomed, heavier base and a small-sized cup, making them hard to spill. The cup’s silver composition made it more durable than those made from other materials such as glass or crystal. Jefferson’s eight tumblers remained at Monticello for the rest of his life, and were used almost every day at mealtime. One Monticello guest noted that “beer and cider, and after dinner wine” were all served from Jefferson’s silver cups.

Jefferson distinguished his personal collection by having them engraved. Of the five cups exhibited at Monticello, three are engraved with “G.W. to T.J.” (undoubtedly George Wythe to Thomas Jefferson), while the other two are simply engraved “T.J.” In the 1830s Jefferson’s daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, gave one cup to each of her six children, and one to a grandson. Since then, only six of the original eight survive.

The Shop offers a beautiful Sterling Reproduction Cup, which can be personalized just as Jefferson did with his own collection. Crafted with the same classic elegance and quality as the 1810 originals, these cups are multipurpose for any room in the house. They are beautiful accent pieces and great for holding small items on your desk or dresser. Their customizability also makes them wonderful wedding or graduation gifts that will never lose their timeless significance.

In addition to the Sterling Reproduction Cup, the shop offers three additional tumbler styles: the Pewter Jefferson Cup, the Book Quote and Wine Quote Pewter Cups, and the Monticello or University of Virginia Seal Jefferson Cup. Each unique cup gives you the opportunity to bring a piece of history into your home with a personal twist. The Jefferson Cup is great for anyone—whether a book lover or a University of Virginia graduate, a wine connoisseur or a Jefferson enthusiast—making it a perfect gift for any occasion.