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Tobacco pipe stem excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.549
Date: 
1500-1700
Medium: 
Stone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 5.7 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Stone tobacco pipe stem excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; cylindrical and hollow stem that narrows at mouth; brown-colored stone; black around mouth.
Gallery Label: 
This pipe was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, in Hut E on Payson Avenue at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, which extended between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th Street, in Washington Heights. The pipe was found inside of a hut built in 1776 by British soldiers on land that was once used as a campsite by Native Americans. Tobacco pipes could be sacred to Native Americans but were also made for trade with Europeans, especially soldiers. While this pipe was made by a Native American, it was not necessarily used by one.
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