Framed set of musket and pistol balls (35) excavated at Revolutionary War sites

Framed set of musket and pistol balls (35) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Framed set of musket and pistol balls (35) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Title
Framed set of musket and pistol balls (35) excavated at Revolutionary War sites
Date 
1760-1783
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
largest: 7/8 in. ( 2.2 cm )
Description 
Lead musket or pistol balls; one musket ball has been pierced with a small hole; several musket balls are flattened; two musket balls have inscriptions on a small, flattened area.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Object Number 
1947.282.1-35
Marks 
engraved: (33), on flattened part of ball: "4" engraved: (35), on flattened part of ball: "17"
Gallery Label 
These musket and pistol balls were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton, William L. Calver, and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee in 1918. The bullets were excavated at Fort Washington and at British Revolutionary War campsites in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The inscriptions on two of the bullets were probably made by British or Hessian soldiers, who may have used the engraved bullets as gaming pieces.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group