Chair

Description: Bowback Windsor writing arm chair with a small drawer underneath the writing surface; screws are covered with wooden plugs; originally painted. The chair descended in the family of Mrs. Charles Levin Powell (nee Selina Lloyd), a close childhood friend of Mary Custis Lee. George Washington Parke Custis used this chair, and was fond of writing. His favorite subjects were the life of Washington and the ideals of the American Revolution. His writings were intended to stimulate Americans to love and serve their country. He also wrote articles and speeches denouncing slavery as “the mightiest serpent that ever infested the Earth” and called on slave owners to free their slaves and send them to Liberia in West Africa.

Description (physical):

Wood, bamboo. H 94.2, W 81.6 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0020
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Chair

Date:
c. 1825

This chair was used at Arlington House. George Washington Parke Custis entertained frequently. It was part of his role as a gentleman but also his role as the “Child of Mount Vernon.” Guests included presidents and vice-presidents, senators, congressmen, supreme court justices as well as leading figures in agriculture and the arts.

Description (physical):

Mahogany. H 87.5, W 41.3, L 38.8 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0019
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Table

Date:
Late 18th Century

This table belonged to Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. It later belonged to Mrs. George Goldsborough, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. It is believed George Washington Parke Custis brought it to Arlington in 1802. After Martha Washington died, Custis spent over $4,000 at estate sales at Mount Vernon, collecting as many Washington belongings as possible. It was his intention to create a “treasury” of Washington possessions to show the world. During Custis' early years at Arlington, most of what he owned came from Mount Vernon and had some connection with the president and first lady.

Description (physical):

Wood. H 70.6, W 48.1, L 38.1 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0018
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Stand

Date:
c. 1860s

This inlaid stand probably was used as a table base. The three-legged stand was carved from a single piece of wood and inlaid with ivory.

Description (physical):

Wood, ivory. H 18.3, L 25.5, W 24.4 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0082
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park