George Washington's Jigger


George Washington




Prevents drunken behavior.


Increases alcohol content eight-fold.


Contact with alcohol

Collected by

Warehouse 12







Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

George Washington (1732-1799) was an American plantation owner, general, Founding Father, and first President of the United States. His accolades as one of the most recognizable faces of American history recognize him as a superior tactician, diplomat, and leader. His presidency set precedents for the rule of the American government that are still used today, including the cabinet system and a maximum of two terms served.

A precedent that has not lasted, however, was Washington's extraordinary fondness for alcohol. The colonial period is recognized for just how common alcohol was, as both a drink found at every meal as well as medicine. The surviving tab for Washington's farewell party in 1787 showed that between 55 delegates, they drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 bottles of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch. But Washington was unique in the fact that he was astutely aware of the damaging effects of alcohol on the body, and so took efforts to drink in moderation. Or at least to appear as sober as possible.

After the American Revolution, Washington owned and operated several large plantations in the state of Virginia, including his home of Mount Vernon. In an attempt to reduce his landownings and enter a new enterprise, as well as support his love of fine alcohol, Washington opened a very successful commercial distillery on Mount Vernon.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Imbued with Washington's desire to remain a sturdy, respectable figurehead, alcohol that makes contact with the jigger will be unable to give a consumer inebriated behavior. However, each drop of alcohol affected this way has eight times the potency of normal alcohol. This can cause incredible damage to the body if used in excess.

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