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Tent pin

Object Number: 
INV.5716.31
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/4 x 1 in. ( 15.9 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Conical, hollow iron point with two flat arms that extend from back; arms riveted together at middle and at end.
Gallery Label: 
This pin was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit near a military camp and fort at Richmond, Staten Island. Built after the arrival of British forces under General William Howe in July, 1776, the fort was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. The pin was probably used by soldiers to anchor tent pegs and ropes.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group