British military button found in New York City

British military button found in New York City
Title
British military button found in New York City
Date 
1770-1783
Medium 
Pewter
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Description 
Pewter British military button; disk with regimental number and British crown on front.
Credit Line 
Gift of John D. Crimmins, 1893
Object Number 
1893.5h
Marks 
stamped: (1893.5h), front of button: "44" (44th British Regiment, East Essex)
Gallery Label 
This button was found in February, 1893 inside the buried hulk of a vessel during digging for a power house on the cable road at Front Street, between Broad and Whitehall Streets in Manhattan. The 44th Regiment arrived in New York in 1776, fought at the Battle of Long Island, and encamped at Fort George on 192nd Street until its departure for Canada on May 15, 1780. The button was worn on an enlisted man's coat. The ship was probably sunk as ballast for landfill between 1770 and 1820.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group