Visual Description | George Washington’s camp chest

George Washington’s camp chest is displayed in a long, rectangular glass topped case, in the American Revolution section of the exhibition The Price of Freedom. The camp chest is on the left in the case, next to the leather folding camp stool, also used by Washington in the field.   

Arranged on the floor of the case, slightly to the side of the chest, are items that would have been stored inside the chest. These include glass salt and pepper containers with silver colored screw-on tops with holes in them, a fork and knife of dark silver with dyed black handles, and a tall, narrow cylindrical coffee pot with a lid that is a dull silvered color with a brown wood handle. The coffee pot rests on top of a squared folding metal trivet of eight narrowly spaced metal grids with folding legs at each corner. The trivet also has a metal handle. One of the removable trays of the chest contains small dark colored glass bottles with cork lids, and two tin boxes, and the tray is covered with a decorative paper with gold and black dots.  Inside the chest are other pots with lids, dishes, glass bottles, and large silver colored tin platters.  

The exterior of the chest resembles a small storage trunk. It is a wooden chest, covered in black leather with brass tacks all around the edges of the front, and side, and with black metal “L” brackets, one on each side of the chest, and two that bracket the side to the bottom of the chest. There is a black metal lock and hinge hole in the center front of the chest. It has metal ring handles on either side. The lid of the chest is open at a 90-degree angle to the chest, to view the interior, which is lined with cream-colored fabric. The lid has reinforcing yellow fabric straps that are attached to the sides of the interior of the box, to keep the lid from falling back and fully open. The interior of the chest is separated into compartments for tin platters, tin plates, cooking pots, tin boxes, and utensils. There are large holes and stains in the fabric lining of the lid.