Jacknife excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.518
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron, bone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/2 in. ( 9.5 x 3.2 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Iron and bone jacknife excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; single-edged iron blade which pivots on hinge and folds into handle; handle has bone grips.
Gallery Label: 
This jacknife was found in 1904 by William L. Calver, before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918, on Emerson Avenue, near the British camp on the Dyckman farm. It was stored as part of the Reginald Pelham Bolton Collection of Revolutionary War Relics in the Morris-Jumel Mansion, at 160th Street and Edgecomb Avenue in Washington Heights, Manhattan. It belonged to a British or Hessian soldier.
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