Notes

"Spectacle" buckle with flat profile and iron tongue. Non-matching shell decoration on each end of frame and concave scalloped knop above and below pin terminal. Similar to buckle 431, dating to 1550-1650, page 69 in Whitehead 1996 "Buckles 1250-1800". Identical to buckle drawing number 36, Post Medieval 16th-17th century, from http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/ceejays_site/pages/bucklepage24.htm


Object Type


Has it Been Conserved?

Yes


Where Was It Found?

Project Site: House for Families    [more details]


Material

Copper/Copper Alloy


Manufacturing Technology

Cast


Form

Harness/Utilitarian, exact form unidentifiable


Shape

D-Shaped


Completeness

Complete


Decorative Technology

Cast/Molded


Decorative Notes

Non-matching shell on each side of short end of frame and concave scalloped knops at either end of pin terminal.


Date

1550-1650


Country of Origin

Indeterminate


Dimensions

49.25mm x mm x 63.5mm (W x H x L)


Illustration shows object in comparison to the size of a quarter


Weight

43.2 gram(s)


Object Number

1817306

DAACS Number

1817306


Project: House for Families

The structure identified as the “House for Families” on the 1787 Vaughan plan likely housed the majority of the enslaved population living at the Mansion House Farm for much of the second half of the eighteenth century. The building was in existence from circa 1760 until it was demolished in late 1792 or early 1793. The archaeological evidence for the structure consisted of a brick-lined storage cellar (44FX762/40-47) measuring roughly six feet by six feet. Historically the cellar served as a handy trash receptacle once it ceased to be used for its original storage function, and through extensive excavation has yielded an extremely rich assemblage of household refuse. The analysis of these remains offers the opportunity to study important aspects of the daily lives of Mount Vernon's enslaved community.

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