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Mornings in Bed

Vase with Ceramic Flowers: Crown Royal, England, England; Place Setting Hammersley and Company, England; Ash Tray: Sceneramic

Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service

Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service

The Eisenhower's cook, Delores Moaney, regularly served Mamie breakfast in bed on this tray. As First Lady, Mamie liked to spend the entirety of her mornings in bed. She believed that once a woman reached the age of 50 she was entitled to stay in bed until noon. Her bed served as her command post from which she met with staff members, wrote correspondence, planned her social agenda, and visited with friends.

Bed Tray: Lucite breakfast tray has "U" shaped legs that are collapsible when not in use.

Salt and Pepper Set:A pair of porcelain rosebud-shaped salt and pepper shakers.

Saccharin Container with Bell: Ornately decorated saccharin container is mounted on three legs and has a gold colored knob for a handle. Also included on top piece is a small (working) bell.

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  • Title: Mornings in Bed
  • Creator: Vase with Ceramic Flowers: Crown Royal, England, England; Place Setting Hammersley and Company, England; Ash Tray: Sceneramic
  • Contributor: Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service
  • Original Source: http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/eise/Mamie/personal_householdItems/EISE4167teaTrayGrp5.html
  • Source: Eisenhower National Historic Site
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: EISE 4167, 4168, 4169, 4170, 4171, 4298, 4303, 4304, 4305, 4306, 4308, 4309, 4489, 3971
  • Measurements: Bed Tray: L 56.6, W 35.5, H 20.3 cm; Salt and Pepper Set: H 6.3, W 5.1 cm; Saccharin Container with Bell: H 6.4, D 5.1 cm; Vase with Ceramic Flowers: H 7.7, D 8.9 cm; Spoon: L 12.1, W 2.7 cm; Plate: Dia 20.6 cm; Dish: H 3.2, Diam 14.3 cm; Cup: D 8.8, H 5.7 cm; Saucer: D 13.9, H 2.4 cm; Teapot: H 18.4, D 10.5 cm; Sugar Bowl: H 4.7, D 7.3 cm; Cream Pitcher: H 7.9, D 5.1 cm; Place Mat and Napkin: H 34.5, L 48 cm (mat); H 29.5, L 29.5 cm (napkin); Ash Tray: H 2.3, D 7.9 cm
  • Materials: Bed Tray: Plastic; Salt and Pepper Set, Vase with Ceramic Flowers, Ashtray: Porcelain; Saccharin Container with Bell: Brass; Spoon: Silver; Place Mat and Napkin: Linen; Place Setting: Clover design and a gold rim; Plate, Dish, Cup, Saucer, Teapot, Sugar Bowl, Cream Pitcher: China
  • Location: Spoon: Made in England
  • Date : c 1950s

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