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.


Rectangular piece of stone glued in a shallow wooden tray.





Stone, wood


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 Line

Purchase, 1951

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Colors (Beta)

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