Descendants of Mrs. Washington's niece, Mary Dandridge Willison, carefully preserved this tiny bottle and its powdered contents, labeling it "musk [that] Gen. Washington carried in his pocket all through the Revolutionar[y] [W]ar." Musk, a glandular secretion obtained from the musk deer of Asia, was a precious commodity in the eighteenth century, used in perfumes and cosmetics as well as medicines. More

Date

1770-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Glass, musk powder, paper, silk


Dimensions

Overall: 1 3/4 in. x 1 in. x 1 in. (4.45 cm x 2.54 cm x 2.54 cm)


Credit

Gift of Elizabeth Bowers Hill, Katherine Bowers Beeson, and Robert Lloyd Bowers, 1989


Object Number

W-3295


Colors


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