This piece of wax was found in a small tackle box believed to have belonged to George Washington, and may have been used to wax the line or prepare a fly. Washington enjoyed fishing both as a gentleman's contemplative recreation and as a practical means of securing provisions while on the frontier. His diary records successful catches of a dolphin and shark in Barbados, a legendary catfish in the Ohio Country, and trout and perch during the recess of the Constitutional Convention in the hot summer of 1787.

See also the tackle box, W-2201/A-B, and additional tackle, W-2201/C-Y.
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Date

1760-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Wax


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 3/8 in. x 3/4 in. x 5/8 in. (0.97 cm x 1.91 cm x 1.6 cm)


Credit

Gift of Camille E. Bryan, 1958


Object Number

W-2201/F


Colors


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