In an age before safety razors, regularly sharpening and setting one's straight razor was essential to ensuring a smooth and comfortable shave. Stone hones, lubricated with oil and water, were used to sharpen the razor's blade, which was repeatedly drawn across the hone at an angle. According to family tradition, this hone was given by George Washington to his nephew, Major George Lewis. More

Date

1775-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Stone


Dimensions

Overall (A: hone): 8 1/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. x 5/8 in. (20.96 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.6 cm)


Credit

Gift of Everett W. Beall, 1963


Object Number

W-2414/A-B


Colors


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