Button excavated in New York City

Object Number: 
INV.6229.16
Date: 
1770-1783
Medium: 
Brass, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 in. ( 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Brass button; hollow, two-piece button; thin iron wire extending through four holes on back.
Gallery Label: 
This button was excavated in the vicinity of Fort George by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918. Built in 1781, the fort extended between Audobon and Amsterdam Avenues and 192nd and 193rd Streets in Washington Heights. The button was probably worn by a British or Hessian soldier who was encamped near the fort.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group