During the army's grueling winter encampment at Valley Forge, Washington inspired his men through simple gestures. These included giving the spurs on his boots to Lieutenant Thomas Lamb, who volunteered to ride to Boston to request supplies. Unfortunately, Lamb and his horse were injured near the city. Lamb delivered Washington's message, but was prevented from further active duty and discharged in 1779.


Pair of silver spurs with scrolled neck, five-pointed steel rowel, and buttons for attaching the adjustable black leather strap with steel buckle.


c. 1775



Silver, steel (rowel, hinge pin), leather


Overall: 2 11/16 in. x 5 3/8 in. (6.83 cm x 13.65 cm)
Other (body): 3 in. (7.62 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Aimee and Rosamond Lamb, 1952
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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