Object Name: Camp bed
Date: ca. 1775-1777
Medium: Wood, canvas, iron
Dimensions: Overall: 27 3/4 x 78 x 34 1/2 in. ( 70.5 x 198.1 x 87.6 cm )
Place made, probably: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Camp bed said to have been used by George Washington at Valley Forge; in three folding sections, each with canvas top supported by X-shaped wooden base; the whole surrounded by wooden frame (missing one of four pieces) with iron mounts.
Credit Line: Gift of Ernest Livingston McCrackan
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Object Number: 1871.8
Marks: inscribed: on brass plaque affixed to inner face of headboard: "The Camp Bedstead / used by / General Washington / during the Revolution. / Presented to the / NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, / BY / Ernest Livingston McCrackan"
According to the donor's great-aunt, Mrs. Francis A. Livingston (Catharine Roosevelt Kissam), this camp bed was given by Washington to his recording secretary, Richard Varick (1753-1831), at the close of the Revolutionary War. Varick then entrusted it to his wife's niece, Mrs. John L. Lefferts (Helena Kissam), who subsequently gave it to her great-nephew, the donor.
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.