After breathing his last on December 14, 1799, George Washington was buried four days later, in the old family tomb. Alexandria cabinetmakers Henry and Joseph Ingle built Washington’s coffin and leased a bier, coach, and horse for its conveyance. This bier is similar to that used in Washington’s funeral procession. Its pierced brackets and molded legs and rails resemble similar elements on fashionable chairs and tables of the day. When raised, the hinged shoulder rests enabled pallbearers to more comfortably transport the heavy burden it supported.

In his will, George Washington requested a private interment “without — parade, or funeral Oration.” Unable to let his death pass unhonored, his family members arranged a relatively modest funeral by the standards of the day. Alexandria cabinetmakers Henry and Joseph Ingle built Washington’s coffin and leased a bier, coach, and horse for its conveyance. This bier is similar to that used in Washington’s funeral procession. Its pierced brackets and molded legs and rails resemble similar elements on fashionable chairs and tables of the day. When raised, the hinged shoulder rests enabled pallbearers to more comfortably transport the heavy burden it supported.
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Date

1785-1800


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Walnut, paint, iron


Dimensions

Overall: 27 1/8 in. x 118 5/8 in. x 33 3/4 in. (68.9 cm x 301.31 cm x 85.73 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 2001


Object Number

W-4223


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