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Framed set of knee-breech and stock buckles (16) excavated in New York City

Object Number: 
1947.285.1-16
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Brass, iron, bronze
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (15), on bottom of frame: "ROLLAND" (maker's name)
Description: 
Brass, bronze, or iron buckles; knee-breech buckles have rectangular or circular frames: one is decorated with straight lines and another with straight, fringed lines; four others are decorated with floral designs; one is inscribed.
Gallery Label: 
These buckles were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918. They were excavated at Revolutionary War sites in Washington Heights, including Fort Washington, Fort George, and the military camps at Bennett Avenue and on the Dyckman farm (Prescott Avenue). The decorated knee-breech buckles were worn by British or Hessian officers; the undecorated buckles were probably worn by privates.
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