Visitors ages 12 and older are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more >

Framed set of objects (31) excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
Brass, bronze
largest: 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.
Brass bayonet scabbard hook; a brass ramrod holder; two brass belt buckles with rectangular frames; a brass belt clasp with a flat base and lobed top; a brass thimble and brass key; a fob seal; a flat, curved brass handle; two pairs of sleeve-links decorated with floral designs; a brass knee-breech buckle; an arched shoe buckle with a rounded, rectangular frame; two brass fragments; eleven shoe buckles decorated with beaded, floral, and other designs.
Gallery Label: 
These objects were excavated in 1922 by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit outside the south ramparts of Fort Washington. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, the fort extended west along 183rd Street from Fort Washington Avenue to Pinehurst Avenue. The fort was captured on November 16, 1776 by British and Hessian forces, and was occupied by them until 1783. The decorated shoe buckles and the sleeve-links were probably worn by British or Hessian officers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group