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British military button excavated in Canada

Object Number: 
INV.6280.19
Date: 
1770-1797
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5/8 in. ( 1.6 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (19), on front: "5" (5th British Regiment, Northumbria)
Description: 
Pewter military button; regiment number in center enclosed by broken circle.
Gallery Label: 
This button was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee in Ontario, Canada along the Niagara River near Fort George, a British fort built in 1795. The button was worn by a private of the 5th Regiment who was stationed in a camp along the river. The 5th Regiment arrived in Canada in 1787 and returned to England in 1797.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group