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Buttons (5) excavated at a Revolutionary War military camp

Object Number: 
INV.5941.4-8
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 5/8 in. ( 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Pewter buttons; three are solid and two are hollow.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others at 170th Street near Fort Washington Avenue, within the area of a military camp that extended west of Broadway between 168th and 171st Streets. Built after the surrender of Fort Washington by American forces on November 16, 1776, the camp was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. The buttons were worn on coats or vests.
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