Framed set of musket balls (23)

Object Number: 
1947.283.a-w
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 7/8 in. ( 3.8 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Lead musket balls; one has been cut in half; another has been cut into quarters; four have hollow centers; six musket balls have a hole pierced through the center: three of these are flat and disk-shaped; one musket ball has an iron nail driven through it; the other musket balls have many small surface indentations.
Gallery Label: 
These musket balls were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Revolutionary War sites in New York City. The bullet driven through with a nail was found with British military buttons in a refuse pit near a camp at 213th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The halved and quartered bullets were also made by soldiers, and were designed to come apart after firing.
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