Bone buttons and buttons molds (32) excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
INV.6200.55-86
Date: 
1776-1783
Medium: 
Bone
Dimensions: 
largest: 2 1/2 x 5/8 in. ( 6.4 x 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Bone button and button molds; molds are flat strips of bone with circular cutouts; buttons are disk-shaped with hole in center.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated on July 15, 1922 by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit outside the south ramparts of Fort Washington. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, the fort extended west along 183rd Street from Fort Washington Avenue to Pinehurst Avenue. The fort was captured on November 16, 1776 by British and Hessian forces, and was occupied by them until 1783. British or Hessian soldiers sliced the molds from animal bones, and cut buttons in the molds.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group