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Framed set of keys (9) excavated in New York City

Object Number: 
1947.278.1-9
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 4 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 12.1 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Iron keys; cylindrical shafts with circular hand grip at one end and a rectangular or square tab at other end.
Gallery Label: 
These keys were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others at Colonial and Revolutionary War sites in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Three keys were found at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, two were found at a camp on 201st Street, and one was found inside Fort Washington. Keys were also found at the Blue Bell Tavern at 181st Street, and at the Black Horse Tavern near Dyckman Street. The keys were used to open fort gates, doors, and probably military supply chests.
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