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Fragments of shears (2) excavated at Revolutionary War barracks

Object Number: 
largest: 5 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 13.3 x 2.2 cm )
Iron fragments of shears; one large blade and one small shear with looped handles.
Gallery Label: 
These shears were 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 shears may have been part of a kit that belonged to a tailor or surgeon.
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