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Ax head

Ax head
Title
Ax head
Date 
1760-1783
Medium 
Iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. ( 11.4 x 15.9 cm )
Description 
Convex blade that narrows at middle into rectangular socket at back.
Object Number 
INV.5716.149
Gallery Label 
This ax head 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 ax was probably used to cut wood for huts and fortifications.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group