Framed set of British military coat buttons (11) excavated at a British Revoluti

Object Number: 
INV.5924.602-612
Date: 
1770-1783
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (602-612), on front: "52" (52nd British Regiment)
Description: 
Pewter British military coat buttons excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; disks with regiment number in center on front; roped border design.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated on May 24, 1914 by Reginald P. Bolton and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th Street in Washington Heights. The buttons were worn by privates of the 52nd Regiment, which probably garrisoned the camp during the summer of fall of 1778. By 1779, the enlisted men had been absorbed by other regiments, and the officers had returned to Britain.
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