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William Pitt, the Elder, First Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)
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Iron point; triangular blade with straight quillon and handle made from spike.
This blade was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit near the south ramparts at 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.
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