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Framed set of musket and pistol balls (35) excavated at Revolutionary War sites

Object Number: 
1947.282.1-35
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: (33), on flattened part of ball: "4" engraved: (35), on flattened part of ball: "17"
Description: 
Lead musket or pistol balls; one musket ball has been pierced with a small hole; several musket balls are flattened; two musket balls have inscriptions on a small, flattened area.
Gallery Label: 
These musket and pistol balls were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918. The bullets were excavated at Fort Washington and at British Revolutionary War campsites in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The inscriptions on two of the bullets were probably made by British or Hessian soldiers, who may have used the engraved bullets as gaming pieces.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group