This small object may have been one of several travelling razor cases owned by George Washington over the course of his lifetime. It originally came equipped with all the tools necessary to maintain a neat appearance: two razors, a hone and strop to set them, a mirror, comb, lather brush, scissors, and possibly a toothpick. While Washington was typically clean-shaven, on at least one occasion illness required him to depart from his usual grooming regimen. In a 1786 letter to a friend, he explained, "I am tolerably well again, but obliged to make use of Scissars instead of a Razor, for part of my face, when shaving."

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Date

1780-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, silver, glass, paper board, paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (20.96 cm x 3.18 cm x 8.26 cm)
Other (open): 14 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (36.2 cm x 3.18 cm x 8.26 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1951


Object Number

W-1598/A


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