Ice creeper excavated at West Point

Object Number: 
INV.5925.194
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 5/8 x 1 in. ( 9.2 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Iron ice creeper excavated at West Point; flat, rectangular body with four short, pointed legs on bottom; two tabs on top of body; each pierced with hole.
Gallery Label: 
This ice creeper was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from Fort Wyllis at West Point, a series of barracks and forts built in Orange County, New York by the Continental Army in 1777. West Point was built to control the Hudson River, and to guard the Hudson Highlands from an attack by the British Army stationed in New York City. Ice creepers were tied to the bottom of soldiers' shoes.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group