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Buttons (2) excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
INV.6200.110-111
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Brass, bone
Dimensions: 
largest: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Brass and bone buttons; thin brass front covering bone center.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated on June 4, 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. The buttons were probably worn on coats belonging to British or Hessian soldiers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group