What Are Some Examples of Revolutionary War Artifacts?

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Revolutionary War artifacts consist mostly of pistols and swords used during the conflict and everyday items and furnishings. The Revolutionary Period took place from 1769 to 1787. Antiques from the time include a 1767 French infantry sword and scabbard, a rare Flintlock iron and wood derringer made with a scroll accent and an antique flintlock blunderbuss pistol.

The Historical Shop online, which deals in early Americana collectibles, showcases such unique artifacts as an 18th century hoof scraper. The relic, which is 8 inches in size, features an iron blade made with a curved tip, a wood handle and iron ferrule. The item, which was used to scrape stones from the hooves of horses, is a suggested collectible for an equestrian or historical collector.

Items that were used during the Battle of Camden and Battle of Yorktown, such as swivel shots or small cannons, are part of the Historical Shop's paraphernalia. Grapeshot and musket balls are also featured. The site says that fired balls, which are rare, are more attractive to the collector.

"America's Story," which is a website hosted by the Library of Congress, states that the beginning of Revolutionary War tensions began with the enactment of the Stamp Act in 1765. The law, which taxed all newspapers and legal documentation, was repealed in 1766. However, the legislation set the wheels in motion for revolt. Colonists protested a tax placed on tea in 1773 during the "Boston Tea Party."

According to the "America's Story" website, the Revolutionary War period officially ended on Oct. 19, 1781.