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Iron object excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
INV.6200.167
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 7/8 x 7/8 in. ( 14.9 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Iron object; large, hollow spike with two flat arms extending from base.
Gallery Label: 
This object was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit 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 object may have been the butt-end of a pike, or a tent-pin used by soldiers camping near the fort.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group