George Washington's campaign furniture, like that of his English officer counterparts, not only provided him the comforts of home while in the field of war, but attested to his rank and distinction. In October 1775, shortly after assuming command of the Continental Army, he acquired "a Field Bedstead & Curtains, Mattresses, Blankets etc. etc." Designed for portability and durability, this bedstead's tapering posts, turned legs, and rails are ingeniously hinged so it can be folded into a compact bundle for easy transport. More


c. 1775



Beech (throughout), red oak (replaced proper left leg at head), mahogany (later headboard), poplar, maple (replaced tester and lath), iron, brass


Overall (Folded H x W x D): 11 in. × 8 in. × 36 in. (27.94 cm × 20.32 cm × 91.44 cm)
Overall (Standing H x W x D): 48 in. × 36 in. × 72 in. (121.92 cm × 91.44 cm × 182.88 cm)


Gift of Birdie Washington in memory of Mrs. N.D.B. Washington, 1921
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon and the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC

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