Screwdrivers (2) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.444-445
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1/4 in. ( 12.1 x 9.5 x 0.6 cm )
Description: 
Iron screwdrivers excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; three flat legs; one leg is pointed at end and two have flat ends.
Gallery Label: 
These screwdrivers were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues, and at 204th St. in Washington Heights. The screwdrivers were used by artificers, and by soldiers to repair and clean their muskets. The flat ends were screwdrivers, and the pointed end held a small screw, which, when attached to a ramrod, could retrieve a bullet, or hold a cloth for cleaning the inside of a musket.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group