Framed set of lead pencils (15) excavated at Revolutionary War sites

Framed set of lead pencils (15) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Framed set of lead pencils (15) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Title
Framed set of lead pencils (15) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Date 
1760-1783
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
largest: 4 3/4 x 1/4 x 1/4 in. ( 12.1 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm )
Description 
Lead pencils; thin rectangular bars or cylinders; many are pointed at one end; one pencil has a hole.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Object Number 
1947.281.1-15
Gallery Label 
These pencils were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others at British forts and camps in New York City, including Fort Washington and the camp at the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and the camp of the Emmerich Chasseurs at Kingsbridge in the Bronx. Soldiers probably made many of the pencils by hammering and flattening musket balls, and used the pencils to write letters. Engineers may have used the pencils to draft plans and maps.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group