Label

Over her lifetime, Martha Washington dressed her hair with a variety of ornaments ranging from highly decorative paste and garnet hair pins to fine but practical wares, such as this silver comb. Its gently curved shape enabled the comb to comfortably lie against her head, under her cap. According to family history, Mrs. Washington gave it to Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, who kept and preserved many of her grandmother's personal articles at her nearby home, Woodlawn Plantation.

Description

Silver comb with a shallow bridge supporting eleven pointed teeth; has a slight horizontal curvature.

Date

1780-1795


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver


Dimensions

Overall: 3 1/16 in. x 4 3/16 in. x 5/8 in. (7.78 cm x 10.64 cm x 1.59 cm)


Credit Line

Given in memory of Lucy Ware Lewis McCormick, 1946


Object Number

W-1442


Colors (Beta)


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