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Framed set of lead pencils (13) excavated at Revolutionary War sites in New York

Object Number: 
INV.5617.1-13
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 3 3/4 x 3/8 in. ( 9.5 x 1 cm )
Description: 
Lead pencils; cylindrical or flat and rectangular; some are pointed at one end.
Gallery Label: 
These pencils were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Revolutionary War sites in New York, including the American forts and barracks at West Point in Orange County, the British camp at Richmond, Staten Island, and the British camps at Fort George and on the Dyckman farm in Manhattan. Soldiers probably used the pencils to write letters, and engineers may have used them to draft maps and plans.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group