An old label pasted to this sturdy ironing board attests that Captain and Mrs. Hetherling used it while staying with the Continental Army at Valley Forge during the winter encampment of 1777-1778. It is a rare surviving example of the type of laundry equipment common to eighteenth-century households.


Oblong board with one wide, straight end with rounded corners that tapers to a narrower, half-round end.

see M-2347 for object information
The upper surface is studded with shallow tack or nail holes. A few nails are present on the underside, and there is a deep cut or gouge near the rounded end.





White pine


Overall (H x W x D): 57 3/8 in. x 17 1/4 in. x 1 in. (145.73 cm x 43.82 cm x 2.54 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Irma C. Benesch in memory of Dr. Chester P. Woodward, 1960

Object Number


Colors (Beta)

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