Stock plate for musket excavated at Fort Haldimand
Overall: 1 3/8 x 7/8 in. ( 3.5 x 2.2 cm )
engraved: (12), on front: "GR" (Royal cypher of King George)
Brass stock plate excavated at Fort Haldimand; pear-shaped and slightly curved, with shell-shaped ornament at top; engraved on front with British crown and cypher.
This plate was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit 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 musket was carried by a British or Loyalist soldier.
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