George Washington first ordered "A Fishing Case for the Pocket - properly furnished with Line &ca" from London in 1762, but as hooks were lost and lines broken in pursuit of a catch, he likely replaced its contents. Among the surviving fishhooks associated with Washington's tackle box are several stamped "IS" on the flatted shank, the mark of London fishhook and needle makers Charles Iverson & Henry Stone, who were in business from 1790-1817. Washington may have purchased these hooks from a retailer who catered to the needs of gentleman anglers. More

Date

c. 1790-1817


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Iron alloy, japanning


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 2 7/8 in. x 1 in. x 1/8 in. (7.32 cm x 2.54 cm x 0.33 cm)


Credit

Gift of Camille E. Bryan, 1958


Marks

"S" stamped on reverse of spade end


Object Number

W-2201/T


Colors


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