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Ox shoe excavated at West Point

Object Number: 
INV.5925.258
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 13 x 4.4 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Iron ox shoe excavated at West Point.
Gallery Label: 
This ox shoe was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse dump near an early nineteenth-century barracks at West Point, a series of barracks and redoubts in Orange County, New York built by the Continental Army in 1777. West Point was built to establish American control of the Hudson River, and to protect the Hudson Highlands from attack by the British Army in New York City. The ox that wore the shoe would have been used to transport supplies.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group