British military buttons (24) excavated at Revolutionary War sites

Object Number: 
INV.6075.215-238
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (215), on face of button: "26" (26th Regiment) stamped: (216), face: "70" (70th Regiment) stamped: (217-18), face: "52" (52nd Regiment) stamped: (219-20), face: "57" (57th Regiment) stamped: (221), face: "45" (45th Regiment) stamped: (222-23
Description: 
Pewter British military buttons excavated at various Revolutionary War sites in Washington Heights; solid pewter disks with the number of their regiment in the center of the button; many buttons have floral, cable, or other border designs and some have a British crown above their regiment number; many have iron wire loops on back for attachment to uniforms.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at various sites in Washington Heights. They were stored as part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection of Revolutionary War Relics in the Jumel Mansion, at 160th Street and Edgecomb Avenue. Their solid pewter make indicates that they are privates' buttons.
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