George Washington's well-appointed personal camp chest, or "mess kit," enabled him to dine in a m
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/30/2009
George Washington wore this simple hanger as his battle sword while serving as commander of the Continental army during the Revolutionary War. Made in Fishkill, New York, by John Bailey, an immigrant cutler from Sheffield, England, the sword has a slightly curved, grooved steel blade, silver-mounted cross guard and pommel, and a green ivory grip.