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Fragment of fob seal excavated at Revolutionary War barracks

Object Number: 
INV.6100.16
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.5 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Brass shank of fob seal.
Gallery Label: 
This fragment was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others from a refuse deposit near military barracks that extended along Bennett Avenue between 181st and 182nd Streets. The barracks were built after the surrender of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776, and were occupied by the British and Hessian garrisons of the fort until evacuation in 1783. The fob seal was suspended from the watch chain of an officer stationed in the barracks.
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