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Jacknife excavated at a Revolutionary War military camp in New York City

Object Number: 
INV.5941.93
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron, bone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 7/8 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 14.9 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Iron and bone jacknife excavated at a military camp in Manhattan; single-edged blade that pivots on hinge and folds into handle; handle is curved at end and has bone grip engraved with crossed lines.
Gallery Label: 
This knife was found in 1903 by William L. Calver on 168th Street, within the area of a British and Hessian camp between 168th and 171st Streets, west of Broadway. In the summer and fall of 1778, the Hessian Von Donop Regiment occupied the camp upon returning to New York after the British evacuation of Philadelphia. The British 38th Regiment occupied the camp during the summer of 1781.
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