Lead sheaths for gunflints (4) excavated at a British and Hessian Revolutionary

Object Number: 
INV.6318.64-67
Date: 
1775-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 1 x 1/8 in. ( 3.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 cm )
Description: 
Lead sheaths for gunflints excavated at the British and Hessian camp on Laurel Hill at Fort George, along Audubon and Eleventh Avenues and between 190th and 194th Streets in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
Gallery Label: 
These sheaths were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at the British and Hessian camp on Laurel Hill at Fort George, in Washington Heights. They were housed for many years as part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection of Revolutionary War Relics in the Jumel Mansion, on 160th St. and Edgecomb Ave. The practice of sheathing gunflints with lead was widespread in the American forces, and was apparently adopted by some British or Hessian forces.
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