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Spade blade excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.601
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. ( 24.8 x 17.1 cm )
Description: 
Iron blade of spade excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; large, flat, rectangular blade.
Gallery Label: 
This spade was excavated on May 6, 1917 by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, which extended between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th Street in Washington Heights. The spade would have been used to build huts and fortifications.
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