An Early American Tea Table From Washington's Headquarters

An Early American Tea Table From Washington's Headquarters

New York, c. 1775 by
$225,000

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Description

This tea table is the last known remnant of a collection of mahogany furniture used by General George Washington between April 1782 and August 1783 at the Hasbrouck House, his headquarters and residence in Newburgh, New York, during the critical closing chapter of the Revolutionary War.<br /><br />

It was here that Washington issued the Proclamation of Peace, officially ending the war for independence. At the close of the war, as Washington relocated to Mount Vernon, the collection of furniture at the Hasbrouck House was given to Washington’s medical attaché John Cochran, Surgeon General of the Continental Army, who then resided in New York City.<br /><br />

Washington and Cochran enjoyed an intimate friendship before and during the war, and their correspondence reveals a light and jovial side of Washington that he rarely exhibited in his letters.<br /><br />

In 1864, John Cochran’s grandson General John Cochrane had a silver plaque engraved to commemorate the table’s story. Marked by the New York silversmiths William Gale and Son, the plaque reminded readers of Cochrane’s close connection to the father of the nation.<br /><br />

Inscribed: "This table belonged to General Washington, and was used by him in his quarters at Newburgh, New York. When the army was disbanded, he gave his campaign furniture to his friend Doctor John Cochran, surgeon and Director General of the Army Hospitals at the Northern Department. This table alone is left in the possession of the General John Cochrane, the doctor's eldest grandson, New York, January, 1864."<br /><br />

Provenance:<br />
Dr. John Cochran<br />
James Cochran<br />
General John Cochrane (1814-1893), thence by descent<br />
Estate of Diane D. Lamborn

Dimensions

Size Height: 26 in., Diameter: 30.5 in.
Stock No V9059

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