Before cardboard boxes, packing peanuts, and styrofoam, wooden packing cases were the norm in shipping containers. George Washington’s orders for goods from London and Philadelphia regularly included additional charges for the construction of custom cases. Tradition has it that General Washington used this case to transport military goods. Later generations of the Washington family continued to use it as a secure shipping and storage box. More


Possibly 1775-1800, with later alterations



White pine, yellow pine, paint, iron, rope, leather


Overall (H x W x D): 30 3/4 in. x 39 1/2 in. x 29 3/8 in. (78.11 cm x 100.33 cm x 74.61 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Samuel J. Broadwell, Vice Regent for Ohio, 1890


Stenciled in white paint on the proper right side: “C. W. VA”.

Stenciled in white paint on the proper left side: “GEO:. WASHINGTON/ VIRGINIA”.

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