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From an old NY collection....................................., 4" X 14", hand wrought iron trivet, fish tail handle with fleur de lis decorations.

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The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) marked the climax of the Saratoga campaign, giving a decisive victory to the Americans over the British in the American Revolutionary War.

British General John Burgoyne led a large invasion army southward from Canada in the Champlain Valley, hoping to meet a force marching eastward from Lake Ontario; the southern and western forces never arrived, and Burgoyne was surrounded by American forces in upstate New York.

He first captured Fort Ontario, and then began the assault on Fort Oswego.

Oswego was the stronger fortification, but it was now downhill from 120 cannons in the abandoned Fort Ontario.

The terms of surrender included the withdrawal of the garrison to Fort Edward, with specific terms that the French military protect the British from the Indians as they withdrew from the area.

In one of the most notorious incidents of the French and Indian War, Montcalm's Indian allies violated the agreed terms of surrender and attacked the British column, which had been deprived of ammunition, as it left the fort.

This example has a great hand-wrought curved blade with evident blacksmith hammer marks.

It has an unusual hardwood curved handle with copper pins which would reduce slipping when in use cutting debris from a camp.

During the French and Indian War, the French commander, General Montcalm, arrived in August with 3,000 men.

His force included three regiments of regulars, several companies of Canadian milita, and numerous Indians.

, 4" X 6.5", iron adze or entrenching tool, large oval eye, old white point identification FORT EDWARD, NY. During the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763), General Phineas Lyman constructed Fort Lyman here in 1755.

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