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Shrewsbury River, New Jersey
Oil on canvas
Artist/Maker:John Frederick Kensett
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Drum-shaped, with bone back covered by brass face.
This button was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit near a military camp and fort at Richmond, Staten Island. Built after the arrival of British forces under General William Howe in July, 1776, the fort was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. The button may have been worn by an officer or a civilian living in the camp.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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