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Musket balls

Object Number: 
INV.5716.138-140
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 0.6 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Lead musket balls flattened into circles with hole in center.
Gallery Label: 
These musket balls were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit near a military camp and fort at Richmond, Staten Island. Built after the arrival of British forces under General William Howe in July, 1776, the fort was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. Soldiers flattened the balls, probably for use as fishing sinkers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group