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Key excavated at Fort Haldimand

Object Number: 
INV.5940.30
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 6.7 x 3.5 cm )
Description: 
Iron key excavated at Fort Haldimand; looped hand grip; cylindrical body with square tab attached at end.
Gallery Label: 
This key was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit at Fort Haldimand, a British fort on Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River in New York, just below the Canadian border. Built in 1779, the fort commanded passage of the river and was retained by the British until its destruction by American forces in 1812. The key was probably used to open barrack or storehouse doors, ammunition and supply chests, or boxes of records and correspondence.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group