Whether inspecting his outlying farms or fox hunting with friends and neighbors, George Washington relied upon carefully chosen tack for all his riding expeditions. Prior to the Revolution, Washington ordered most of his equestrian gear (including several hunting whips) from England. This beautifully crafted riding crop, however, is a rare surviving example made in New York City. It was likely converted from a hunting whip at a later date, but retains its original "GW" monogrammed silver handle. More

Date

c. 1770


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Material/Technique

Wood, leather, string, silver, iron, horn


Dimensions

Overall: 23 1/2 in. x 1 1/8 in. (59.69 cm x 2.86 cm)
Overall (Diameter of handle and overall length): 1 1/4 in. x 21 3/4 in. (3.18 cm x 55.25 cm)


Credit

Gift of Francis A. Mead, via the American Red Cross Museum, 1944


Signed

Engraved around silver handle: "Amory and Johnson Makers New York"


Object Number

W-1213


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