To supplement their often bland military rations, officers of means invested in canteens: small, lidded cases divided into lined compartments harboring glass bottles filled with wine, liquor, and condiments. George Washington is believed to have owned the three canteens featured here. Heavily worn, they were likely used throughout his service in the French and Indian War and, possibly, the American Revolution. They were among the handful of original Washington objects left at Mount Vernon when the Association purchased the property in 1860. More

Date

1776


Geography


Material/Technique

Leather, wood, iron, linen, copper alloy


Dimensions

Overall: 13 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. x 13 13/16 in. (34.93 cm x 40.34 cm x 35.08 cm)


Credit

Transferred to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association through the generosity of John Augustine Washington III, 1860


Object Number

W-350/B


Colors


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