British military gaiter buttons (2) excavated in Canada

Object Number: 
INV.6280.1-2
Date: 
1790-1815
Medium: 
Pewter
Dimensions: 
largest: 1/2 in. ( 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: (1-2), on front: "41" (British 41st Regiment)
Description: 
Pewter gaiter buttons; dome-shaped with regiment number on front and looped fastener on back.
Gallery Label: 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee in Ontario, Canada along the Niagara River near Fort George, a British fort built in 1795. They were worn by privates of the 41st Regiment on their gaiters, cloth or leather leggings that extended from the insteps of their shoes to their knees. The regiment arrived in Canada in 1799, was encamped near Fort George when war began in 1812, and took part in the unsuccessful British siege of Fort Erie in August and September of 1814.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group