In equipping himself as the Continental Army's commander in chief, George Washington selected objects that bespoke professionalism and gentility, even down to his luggage. This black leather-covered trunk, studded with costly brass-headed tacks, was as attractive as it was durable. The serial number engraved on its brass tag helped Washington organize his supplies. In 1780, he instructed for this trunk, "No. 4," to be filled with blankets for the forthcoming winter. When it entered Mount Vernon's collection over 150 years later, it contained articles of George and Martha's clothing as well as a pair of George Washington's dentures (see W-1520). More

Date

c. 1775-1781


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, wood, iron, brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 12 1/4 in. x 28 1/4 in. x 13 1/4 in. (31.12 cm x 71.76 cm x 33.66 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1949


Marks

Engraved on an oval brass plate on the center top of the lid: "Genl Washington/ No. 4".


Object Number

W-1513


Colors


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