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Links (2) of the Fort Montgomery Chain in box

Object Number: 
1928.98ab
Date: 
1776-1777
Medium: 
Iron; walnut, brass
Dimensions: 
Largest (link): 3 x 29 x 7 1/2 in. (7.6 x 73.7 x 19.1 cm) Box (closed): 7 1/8 x 33 x 12 1/2 in. (18.1 x 83.8 x 31.8 cm)
Marks: 
manuscript: glued to inside top of box: note written by Richard Montgomery Pell detailing history of chain
Description: 
Two wrought iron oval chain links from the Fort Montgomery chain, housed in a rectangular walnut box with hinged lid and clasp lock; history of chain on manuscript glued to inside top of box.
Gallery Label: 
These are two of fifteen links of the Fort Montgomery Chain drawn from the Hudson River opposite Anthony's Nose in the 19th century. The chain was laid across the Hudson River near West Point in 1776 to prevent ascent of the river by British ships during the American Revolution. It was destroyed and removed by the British in October 1777.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Louis T. Hoyt, in memory of her husband, Richard Montgomery Pell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group