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Throughout the Revolutionary War, the security of his official correspondence and orders was a perpetual concern for General George Washington. In the intervening weeks between the British evacuation of Boston and his departure to defend Manhattan, Washington obtained this hair travelling trunk to contain the increasing number of official papers in his possession. It was likely the first of the many he would purchase for this purpose. A copper plate engraved "Genl Washington" is nailed to the lid over the initials of the trunk's original owner, John Head, the Boston merchant from whom it was purchased on April 4, 1776. More


c. 1775-1776




Rawhide, wood, leather, iron, linen, copper


Overall: 14 3/8 in. x 36 1/2 in. x 15 3/4 in. (36.53 cm x 92.71 cm x 40.01 cm)


Gift of Mrs. George R. Goldsborough, Vice Regent for Maryland, 1882


Outlined in iron tacks across the center of the lid: "I H/ 1775". On top of this is nailed an oval copper plate engraved "Genl Washington".

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