Gentlemen in the eighteenth century often travelled with compact razor cases that held their personal set of shaving and dressing supplies. One such case, possibly belonging to George Washington, contained this natural stone hone in a wooden frame. To sharpen the blade of a straight razor, the user lubricated the hone with oil or water and then drew each side of the blade across it repeatedly. More

Date

1780-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Stone, wood


Dimensions

Overall: 5 5/8 in. x 3/4 in. x 3/8 in. (14.3 cm x 1.91 cm x 0.97 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1951


Object Number

W-1598/D


Colors


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