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Jacknife excavated at a Revolutionary War military camp

Object Number: 
INV.5941.24ab
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 10.2 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Iron jacknife; single-edged blade that pivots on hinge and folds into handle.
Gallery Label: 
This knife was found in 1903 by William L. Calver at 168th Street, within the area of a military camp that extended west of Broadway between 168th and 171st Streets. Built after the surrender of Fort Washington by American forces on November 16, 1776, the camp was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783.
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