Designed to compactly house everything a gentleman needed to maintain a well-groomed appearance, this stand's unadorned form likely appealed to Washington's taste for fashionable yet practical goods. When not in use, the adjustable mirror slid down within the case, and two leaves (now missing) closed over the top. The stand may be the "1 Mahog[an]y Shaving Desk £4" that George Washington purchased in 1774 from the estate sale of "Belvoir," the home of his neighbors and close friends, George William and Sally Fairfax. More





Mahogany (primary), pine, oak (secondary), brass, mirrored glass


Overall: 32 1/16 in. x 15 5/8 in. x 15 3/4 in. (81.43 cm x 39.7 cm x 40.01 cm)


Gift of Mary Custis Lee, 1908

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