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British military buttons (3) excavated at Fort Washington

British military buttons (3) excavated at Fort Washington
Title
British military buttons (3) excavated at Fort Washington
Date 
1770-1783
Medium 
Pewter
Dimensions 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Description 
Pewter military buttons; one has a roped border; another is decorated with a floral design on front.
Object Number 
INV.6200.95-97
Gallery Label 
These buttons were excavated in 1923 by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit outside the south ramparts of Fort Washington. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, the fort extended west along 183rd Street from Fort Washington Avenue to Pinehurst Avenue. The fort was captured on November 16, 1776 by British and Hessian forces, and was occupied by them until 1783. The buttons were worn on the uniforms of British privates; one button (No. 95) was worn on a coat.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group