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Shoe buckle fragments (21) excavated at a Colonial farm in New York

Object Number: 
INV.5943.11-31
Date: 
1710-1783
Medium: 
Brass, iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 1 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Brass or iron shoe buckle fragments; buckles have circular or rectangular frames; some have floral or other designs.
Gallery Label: 
These fragments were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and William L. Calver from a refuse pit at the farmhouse of the Van Oblienis family, between Broadway and Fort Washington Avenue at 176th Street. The house was built in 1704 and was part of a farm that extended between 175th and 181st Streets. By 1776 the farm had passed out of the Van Oblienis family, and the land below 178th Street was sold to Jacob Arden. The house was occupied by British soldiers, who may have discarded the buckles.
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