1879 marked the first attempt since 1872 for a uniform set of silver coinage. George Morgan created designs based on his now in production silver dollar. To view Morgan's set, click here.
The "Washlady" design represents Barber's attempt. Don Taxay says the design is by William Barber whereas Judd says it is by Charles Barber. The Washlady name dates back to the April 1891 New York Coin and Stamp auction of the F.W. Doughty collection and was probably given by David Proskey. Apparently, the design was not well received at the time, as Liberty's hair and the way it was tied back was considered to be disheveled.
Over a dozen sets appear to have been made in both silver and copper.
Half Dollar J1597/P1791
Photos courtesy of Teletrade, Heritage and Jay Parrino's The Mint LLP.