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In 1806, Thomas Jefferson was bequethed two silver cups by his friend and teacher George Wythe: Several years later, Jefferson sent the Wythe cups and two others to John Letilier, a Richmond, Virginia silversmith. He directed that the cups be melted down and made into eight smaller cups similar to a model which he had enclosed. The style was known as a tumbler, a type of low round-bottomed cup popular from the 17th through the 18th century. The completed cups were received at Monticello in 1810 and were used there until Jefferson's death in 1826.
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