Personalized Invitation Frame

Personalized Invitation Frame

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Thomas Jefferson hosted several presidential, diplomatic, and personal dinners at Monticello during his residency. The invitation cards to these dinners were a source of wonder to those invited to Jefferson’s estate; a puzzled William Plumer wrote, “It is Th: Jefferson not the President of the United States that invites.” These invitations became coveted parchments for they represented dinner with one of the country’s Founding Fathers and greatest thinkers.

Save one of your own special documents with our Personalized Invitation Frame. A unique, heirloom-quality keepsake, the solid pewter Invitation Frame holds a 5” x 7” photo on the left, with text of a birth announcement, birthday, graduation, wedding or anniversary invitation engraved on the right. Just fax, mail, or email (catalog@monticello.org) us a copy of the invitation or announcement, up to 15 lines. 9”h x 14”w. Made in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Pewter in the 18th Century

Pewter is a bright, shiny metal similar in appearance to silver, consisting of an alloy composed of tin with various amounts of copper, zinc, and bismuth.

The history of pewter in America goes back to the early colonial period. Spoons and buttons made of pewter are thought to have been made as early as 1610 in Jamestown. Prior to the American Revolution, colonial pewterers primarily repaired damaged pewter goods from Europe, or created new pieces by melting down existing pewter, and casting objects in brass molds. Owing to an innovation around 1800, pewter formulation was improved with the alloy antimony, to create a type of pewter known as britannia. Britannia had a much brighter silver appearance and the finished objects were more durable, which helped to preserve pewter’s popularity despite the trend toward fashionable ceramic wares in the early nineteenth century.

Jefferson’s dining room at Monticello would have featured fine silver tableware items, while pewter or britannia was probably used in Monticello’s dependencies (such as the kitchen and cook's room), and on Mulberry Row (the site of light plantation industry and slave dwellings), since by the early nineteenth century pewter objects were considered to be more utilitarian than formal. Inventories of Monticello’s kitchen list items made of pewter, such as water plates (for keeping foods warm) and plates of various sizes.

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Gift Wrap Information
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We will wrap your gift in our silver gift paper, trimmed with a red ribbon and bow, and include a hand written gift message. The charge is $6.95 per item.

Each item will be wrapped and charged individually. You cannot elect to have multiple quantities wrapped together when ordering through our website. If you wish to do so, please call us at 1-800-243-1743 to place your order.

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