This iron chest was originally owned by Daniel Parke Custis, Martha Washington's first husband. George and Martha used it as a strong box to keep their valuables and important documents safe. Made for just such a purpose, the chest is constructed entirely out of wrought iron sheets, has false key escutcheons, is fitted for two additional padlocks, and can even be bolted to the floor. At the time of Washington's death, the trusted repository held 50% of his estimated wealth held in stock, cash, jewelry, and precious metal objects. More

Date

1650-1750


Geography


Material/Technique

Iron


Dimensions

Overall: 11 in. x 20 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (27.94 cm x 51.44 cm x 32.39 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1954


Object Number

W-1964


Colors


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