George Washington's Camp Bed, 1775-1780

Summary

George Washington carried folding beds, tents, eating utensils, and other equipment to use while encamped on the field with his troops during the Revolutionary War. Washington likely used this bed when he traveled from his Newburgh, New York, headquarters in July 1783 -- as the war was winding down -- to tour upstate New York and the military installations located there.

George Washington carried folding beds, tents, eating utensils, and other equipment to use while encamped on the field with his troops during the Revolutionary War. Washington likely used this bed when he traveled from his Newburgh, New York, headquarters in July 1783 -- as the war was winding down -- to tour upstate New York and the military installations located there.

Artifact

Camp bed

Date Made

1775-1780

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

29.483.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Linen (Material)
Cotton (Textile)
Iron (Metal)
Steel (Alloy)
Leather
Brass (Alloy)

Technique

Weaving

Color

Black (Color)
Dark gray
Beige (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 13.5 in

Width: 14 in

Length: 28.75 in

Inscriptions

Engraved on oval brass plate on the top: W

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