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Buttons (11) excavated at Fort Ticonderoga

Object Number: 
INV.5778.29-39
Date: 
1750-1783
Medium: 
Tin
Dimensions: 
largest: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Tin buttons excavated at Fort Ticonderoga; two are solid tin disks; most are hollow tin disks; all buttons have wire loops on back for attachment to clothing; the hollow buttons are larger than the solid buttons.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Fort Ticonderoga, at Lake Champlain in New York. Built by the French in 1755 and named Carillon, the fort was destroyed in 1759 in anticipation of capture. Rebuilt as Ticonderoga, it was captured on May 10, 1775 by the Green Mountain Boys under Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold, and recaptured by General Burgoyne in June, 1777. The buttons probably belonged to French soldiers stationed in the fort; the largest are coat buttons.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group