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Framed set of lead strips (46) excavated at Revolutionary War barracks

Object Number: 
1947.292.1-46
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 3 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Lead strips; rectangular and flat.
Gallery Label: 
These lead strips 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. Built after the surrender of Fort Washington by American forces on November 16, 1776, the barracks were occupied by the British and Hessian garrisons of the fort until evacuation in 1783. Soldiers probably sewed the strips into the linings of their uniforms to hold edges and corners in place.
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