Ornament excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.82
Date: 
1760-1775
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 5/8 in. ( 3.8 x 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Brass ornament excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; the top part is shell-shaped; bottom part is shaped with two scrolls.
Gallery Label: 
This ornament was excavated in November, 1914 by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others prior to the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th and Academy Streets in Washington Heights. It is probably part of an ornament that went on a soldier's cap or cartridge box. The ornament was stored as part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection of Revolutionary War Relics in the Jumel Mansion.
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