Framed set of British military buttons (29)

Object Number: 
INV.6330.1-29
Date: 
1770-1783
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1), front of button: "CM GDS" (Coldstream Guards; worn on a coat or vest) stamped: (2), front: "IV" (4th Regiment of Foot) stamped: (3), front: "V" (5th Regiment of Foot) stamped: (4), front: "K/8" (8th Regiment of Foot) stamped: (5), front:
Description: 
Pewter military buttons; buttons have the emblem, number, or symbol of their regiment on front; one button has its regiment number enclosed inside of a starburst; one has three feathers above its regiment number; another has its number in the center, encircled by an inscription along the bottom edge of the button; many buttons have crowns above their numbers, and wreathed, roped, or corded border designs. There are descriptive labels inside the frame, and small numbered labels under each button.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at British military camps and forts in Washington Heights, Manhattan. They were worn on the uniform coats of British and Loyalist privates who garrisoned Washington Heights from the surrender of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776 until evacuation in 1783.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group