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


c. 1775-1781




Leather, wood, iron, brass


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)


Purchase, 1949


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

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