Key

Object Number: 
INV.5925.188
Date: 
1790-1815
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1 x 1/4 in. ( 6.4 x 2.5 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Iron key excavated at West Point.
Gallery Label: 
This key was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit near the nineteenth-century barracks 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. The key was possibly used to open barrack or storehouse doors, or ammunition and supply chests.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group