Jacknives (2) excavated at a Revolutionary War military camp

Object Number: 
INV.5941.19-20
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 3 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Iron jacknives; single-edged blades that pivot on hinge and fold into handle; handles have rounded ends.
Gallery Label: 
These knives were 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