George Washington's campaign furniture, like that of his English officer counterparts, not only provided him the comforts of home while in the field of war, but attested to his rank and distinction. In October 1775, shortly after assuming command of the Continental Army, he acquired "a Field Bedstead & Curtains, Mattresses, Blankets etc. etc." Designed for portability and durability, this bedstead's tapering posts, turned legs, and rails are ingeniously hinged so it can be folded into a compact bundle for easy transport. More

Date

c. 1775


Geography


Material/Technique

Beech (throughout), red oak (replaced proper left leg at head), mahogany (later headboard), poplar and maple (replaced tester and lath), iron, brass


Dimensions

Overall (Folded): 11 in. x 8 in. x 36 in. (27.94 cm x 20.32 cm x 91.44 cm)
Overall (Standing): 48 in. x 36 in. x 72 in. (121.92 cm x 91.44 cm x 182.88 cm)


Credit

Gift of Birdie Washington in memory of Mrs. N.D.B. Washington, 1921
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon and the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC


Object Number

W-473


Colors


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