Gentlemen in the eighteenth century often travelled with compact razor cases that held their personal set of shaving and dressing supplies. One such case, possibly belonging to George Washington, contained this thin leather-faced strop. To "set" or maintain the smooth edge on a straight razor, the user would repeatedly draw each side of the blade across the leather.


Thin, rectangular piece of wood with a short, arched tab handle faced with leather on both sides. The leather on one side is partially saturated with a red paste and that on the other side is partially saturated with a black paste.





Wood, leather


Overall: 5 3/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 3/16 in. (13.67 cm x 2.87 cm x 0.48 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1951

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Colors (Beta)

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