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Door latch found at a French fortress in Canada

Object Number: 
INV.5780.1
Date: 
1730-1758
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 13.3 x 8.9 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Iron door latch found at Louisbourg, a French fortress in Canada; circular iron knob connected to flat, rectangular iron bar which slides through slots on iron mount; mount has holes for screws and is pierced in the shape of a half-circle; top of mount forms a flower.
Gallery Label: 
This door latch was found at Louisbourg, a French fortress on Cape Breton Island in Canada. Louisbourg was captured in 1745 during King George's War by New England militia forces supported by a British fleet, and returned to France by the 1748 treaty that ended the war. The fortress was captured again in 1758 by British forces during the French and Indian War.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Lawrence Price, through Major Howland Pell, 1935
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group