Blade sharpening block

Object Number: 
1949.310
Date: 
ca. 1863
Medium: 
Wood, leather, iron nails, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 29.2 x 2.9 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten in ink: on paper label affixed to object: "Gettysburgh / July 3 1863."
Description: 
Razor-strop consisting of a squared wooden stake with a strip of leather nailed to one side and one end shaped into a handle and painted dark brown; paper label with handwritten inscription affixed to one side.
Gallery Label: 
This razor-strop is said to have been used at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Louise S. Gilder
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group