Henry Knox travel kit, ca. 1790

Contributed by The General Henry Knox Museum


A travel kit purportedly given to Henry Knox by his friend the Marquis de Lafayette, with whom he served in the American Revolution. It is called "le necessaire" because it contained everything needed for travel.

Items in the kit include a china tea service for two, perfume bottles, scissors, a mirror, a comb, a wash basin, a sewing kit and a funnel.

Each item has its own compartment in the green leather-lined interior, and many of the compartments have false bottoms with a small secret compartment underneath.

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About This Item

  • Title: Henry Knox travel kit, ca. 1790
  • Creation Date: circa 1790
  • Subject Date: circa 1790
  • Media: Wood, china, metal, glass
  • Local Code: P-082
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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The General Henry Knox Museum
P.O. Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861
(207) 354-0180

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