Miniature toy collection from New York City Colonial houses and military camps

Object Number: 
Z.1738.1-17
Date: 
1750-1783
Medium: 
Pewter, lead, glass, clay, silver, brass
Dimensions: 
largest: 2 x 2 in. ( 5.1 x 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: (8), on side of thimble: "B.A." (probably initials)
Description: 
Pewter, lead, glass, clay, or silver toys; one copper and one lead buzzer: disks with scalloped or fringed edges and two holes in center; an inscribed silver thimble; two small clay and one large glass marble; the other toys are pewter miniatures with decorative designs: a broom, two plates, and four saucers with floral designs; a coffee pot and lid also with floral designs; a tea cup; a goose; and a platter with a roast pig in the center.
Gallery Label: 
These toys were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Colonial houses and at British Revolutionary War military camps in New York City. The silver thimble was found in a hut at the camp on the Dyckman farm, and probably belonged to the daughter of a British soldier living in the camp. The plates, saucers, cup, and platter were found at other camps, and probably also belonged to the daughters of British or Hessian troops.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group