Whether inspecting his outlying farms or fox hunting with friends and neighbors, George Washington relied upon carefully chosen tack for all his riding expeditions. Prior to the Revolution, Washington ordered most of his equestrian gear (including several hunting whips) from England. This beautifully crafted riding crop, however, is a rare surviving example made in New York City. It was likely converted from a hunting whip at a later date, but retains its original "GW" monogrammed silver handle. More


c. 1770




Wood, leather, string, silver, iron, horn


Overall: 23 1/2 in. x 1 1/8 in. (59.69 cm x 2.86 cm)
Overall (Diameter of handle and overall length): 1 1/4 in. x 21 3/4 in. (3.18 cm x 55.25 cm)


Gift of Francis A. Mead, via the American Red Cross Museum, 1944


Engraved around silver handle: "Amory and Johnson Makers New York"

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