This may be one of the "Six strong hair Trunks well clasped and with good Locks" that General George Washington requested from New York merchant Daniel Parker in June 1783 to transport and safeguard his official wartime papers. In November, an armed guard escorted several wagons laden with the trunks to Mount Vernon, where Washington intended to build a structure "for the accommodation & security of my Military Civil & private Papers." While Washington never realized his goal, the papers ultimately found a secure and fitting home at the Library of Congress. More


c. 1783




Rawhide, wood, leather, iron, copper


Overall (H x W x D): 12 in. x 34 3/4 in. x 18 1/8 in. (30.48 cm x 88.27 cm x 46.05 cm)


Purchase, 1953


Engraved on an oval copper plate on the center top of the lid: "Genl. Washington".

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