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Site: 18ST390 Mattapany-Sewall

Context: Magazine Area Plowzone, Lot 78

Magazine Date Range: c. 1660-1690

Metal: Copper alloy

Tine Length: 0.8”

Leather Thickness: Unmeasurable

Barbell-like motif. Stamped circles for decoration on each rounded end. The center may also have had stamped circles, but corrosion has caused loss of the original surface there. The tines are unusually long for such a small piece, indicating it was mounted on something much thicker than a typical strap or it may have acted as a "keeper" to hold a loose strap end.

Courtesy Naval District Washington,
Naval Air Station Patuxent River.