Label

This lead plank bears the distinctive scalloped indentations produced by pinking irons, sharp punches used to create a decorative edge on women's garments and their trimmings during the eighteenth century. In 1768, George Washington acquired a "Com[plete] Sett of Pink[in]g Irons" from London for his wife Martha, and probably procured this lead plank shortly thereafter. Skilled slaves such as Oney Judge and Charlotte likely used these tools to embellish the garments of Martha Washington and her daughter, Patsy.

Description

Rectangular, cast slab of lead.

Date

1765-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Lead


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 1 3/8 in. x 14 in. x 6 3/8 in. (3.49 cm x 35.56 cm x 16.19 cm)


Credit Line

Purchase, 1956


Object Number

W-2168


Colors (Beta)


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