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Pike blade

Object Number: 
1947.598
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 x 1 3/4 in. ( 61 x 4.4 cm )
Description: 
Iron pike blade; diamond-shaped blade in cross-section connected to conical collar with two flat arms fastened together with nails extending from bottom.
Gallery Label: 
This pike blade was found at Fort Washington Avenue and 178th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The blade probably belonged to a British or Hessian soldier who was part of the garrison that occupied Manhattan from after the American surrender of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776 until evacuation in 1783. This pike blade may have been the blade that was found in 1909 by contractor John Brown during excavations for the Chelsea Methodist Episcopal Church.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group