Corkscrew excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.411
Date: 
1760-1775
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 1 x 1/4 in. ( 8.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Iron corkscrew excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; circular finger grip.
Gallery Label: 
This corkscrew was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues, and at 204th St. in Washington Heights. The corkscrew would have been used to open wine or liquor bottles. Rum was usually issued to all soldiers as part of their rations, but wine was usually the personal property of officers. Both wine and rum could be obtained from local taverns, shops, or civilians.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group