Label

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.

Description

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

see also 60-160 alternate MVLA object number
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.

Date

1750-1775


Geography


Material/Technique

White pine


Dimensions

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

M-2347


Colors (Beta)


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