Platter, Used by Rutherford B. Hayes, 1879-1880

Jefferson Davis1879/1880

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes, wife of the 19th President, ordered this large platter for use at White House state dinners. The platter was part of a large set of dinnerware developed by artist Theodore Davis. Each piece depicted an American bird, fish or flower. Turkey certainly may have been served on this platter, but other foods would have been presented as well.


  • Title: Platter, Used by Rutherford B. Hayes, 1879-1880
  • Creator: Davis, Theodore R., Haviland & Cie
  • Date Created: 1879/1880
  • Location: France, Limoges, United States, District of Columbia, Washington
  • Subject Keywords: Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893, Hayes, Lucy Webb, 1831-1889, White House (Washington, D.C.), Eating & drinking, Turkeys, United States presidents, Platters, Dishes (Vessels), Dinner service
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Object Name: Platter
  • Object ID: 72.174.1
  • Image ID: THF111611
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mrs. Gaylene Adkins McKenzie and Mrs. Margaret Adkins Merillat. In Memory of Mrs. Margaret Gorrell Adkins.

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