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Framed set of buckles (13) excavated at Fort Haldimand

Object Number: 
INV.5940.197-209
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Bronze, brass, iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. ( 5.4 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Bronze, brass, or iron buckles; buckles have rectangular or circular frames; four large shoe buckles: three are decorated with lines and floral designs; one small rectangular iron shoe buckle also has an ornamental design; seven small knee-breech buckles: five have decorative designs; brass stock buckle has an oval frame with a chape and a three-pronged tongue.
Gallery Label: 
These buckles were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from refuse deposits at Fort Haldimand, a British fort on Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River in New York, just below the Canadian border. Built in 1779, the fort commanded passage of the river and was retained by the British until its destruction by American forces in 1812. The decorated buckles were worn by British or Loyalist officers; the undecorated buckles were probably worn by privates.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group