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British military buttons (6) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.421-426
Date: 
1770-1783
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 in. ( 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (421-423), on front of button: "17" (17th British Regiment, Leicestershire; privates' buttons) stamped: (424), front: "RP" (Royal Provincials; possibly the King's Royal Regiment of New York; crown above emblem; private's button)
Description: 
Pewter military buttons excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; disks with the number or emblem of their regiment or corps in the center; three buttons have a rope border; one has a British crown above its corps emblem.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others prior to the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, between Seaman and Payson Avenues, and at 204th St. in Washington Heights. They were stored as part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection in the Jumel Mansion, at 160th Street and Edgecomb Avenue. The 17th Regiment garrisoned the camp during the winter of 1778-79, and was captured at Stony Point on July 15, 1779.
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