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.


Silver-headed riding or hunting crop with a tapered wooden shaft or stock. Handle is spiral wrapped with a narrow, channeled strip of horn and silver braid or twisted wire; horn is secured at lower end with an iron nail or brad. Central section is spiral wrapped with a double-ply natural fiber (possibly hemp) woven in a herringbone pattern. Stitched leather loop (modern) attached at tapered end. Silver head is engraved on top with script initials or monogram: "GW" bordered by scrolls, and around ferrule with geometric bands along top and bottom

Alternate names for this form include: hunting crop, hunting whip, riding whip, whipstock.


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)

Credit Line

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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