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 thin leather-faced strop. To "set" or maintain the smooth edge on a straight razor, the user would repeatedly draw each side of the blade across the leather. More

Date

1780-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Wood, leather


Dimensions

Overall: 5 3/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 3/16 in. (13.67 cm x 2.87 cm x 0.48 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1951


Object Number

W-1598/E


Colors


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