To supplement their often bland military rations, officers of means invested in canteens: small, lidded cases divided into lined compartments harboring glass bottles filled with wine, liquor, and condiments. George Washington is believed to have owned the three canteens featured here. Heavily worn, they may have been acquired during his military service during the French and Indian War or the American Revolution. They were among the handful of original Washington objects left at Mount Vernon when the Association purchased the property in 1860.


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Leather, wood, iron, linen


Other (without lid): 12 in. x 16 1/2 in. x 15 3/4 in. (30.48 cm x 41.91 cm x 40.01 cm)
Other (with lid): 12 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. x 15 3/4 in. (31.75 cm x 41.91 cm x 40.01 cm)
Other (lid): 3 1/2 in. x 17 1/4 in. x 7 in. (8.89 cm x 43.82 cm x 17.78 cm)
Other (wall fragment, original): 11 1/4 in. x 1 7/8 in. x 5/16 in. (28.58 cm x 4.78 cm x 0.79 cm)
Other (wall fragment, reproduction): 11 1/4 in. x 5 7/16 in. x 3/8 in. (28.58 cm x 13.82 cm x 0.97 cm)
Other (interior wall fragment, reproduction): 8 3/4 in. x 14 1/2 in. x 1 7/8 in. (22.23 cm x 36.91 cm x 4.78 cm)

Credit Line

Transferred to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association through the generosity of John Augustine Washington III, 1860

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Colors (Beta)

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