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Framed set of buttons (30)

Object Number: 
INV.6149.1-30
Date: 
1770-1783
Medium: 
Silver, gilt, bone, brass
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1), on face of button: "3/D" (3rd Dragoons) stamped: (2), face: "9" (9th Regiment) stamped: (3-5), face: "17" (17th Regiment; octagon border) stamped: (6), face: "XX" (20th Regiment) stamped: (7), face: "26" (26th Regiment) stamped: (8), fa
Description: 
Silver or gilt buttons or military buttons; military buttons have bone backs covered by thin faces with the number, emblem, or symbol of their regiment on the face; two of the buttons have an anchor; another button has its regiment number enclosed inside a star and three have their number enclosed inside an octagon border; two buttons have brass coating on a silver face: a regiment name on the edge of the face encloses a crown or flower in the center; many buttons have wreathed borders and crowns; five other buttons also have bone backs covered by thin faces, but have only floral or swirled line decorations without regiment numbers or symbols.
Gallery Label: 
Most of these buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at British Revolutionary War sites in Washington Heights, including Fort George and the camps at Bennett Avenue, on the Dyckman farm, and at 201st Street. The button of the 20th Regiment was found at Somerville, Massachusetts, and the buttons of the King's American Regiment were found at Fort Erie in Canada. The buttons were worn on the uniforms of British and Loyalist officers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group