George Washington's purchases while he was attending the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia anticipated his return to military duty. This razor case may be the "Travelling razor case ?2" he bought in May 1775. Painted with mahogany graining, the box is outfitted with a mirror, a removable tray for razors, strop, and hone, and compartments for toilet supplies such as cologne and powder. Cushions covered in watered silk and lined with metallic braid helped secure its contents while in transit. The elegant case enabled the maintenance of a civilized routine amidst the rigors of life on campaign. More


c. 1775



Mahogany, paint, brass, iron, glass, silk, metallic braid, paper


Overall: 3 1/2 in. x 9 3/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (8.89 cm x 23.83 cm x 17.48 cm)


Purchase, 1915


In gold paint on the lid, on either side of the bail handle: "G" and "W".

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