Animation of the Day: Iron Musket Rest from James Madison’s Montpelier

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

928_gun_restToday’s animation is an iron musket rest that was found at James Madison’s Montpelier. The weight of muskets caused difficulty aiming, so gun rests increased accuracy. This artifact was recovered in the domestic slave quarters of Montpelier, which indicates that the enslaved workers supplemented their diets with hunting. This object was scanned and edited by the Virtual Curation Laboratory’s Rachael Hulvey.  A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features Rachael discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here:

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2 thoughts on “Animation of the Day: Iron Musket Rest from James Madison’s Montpelier

  1. I am an archaeologist at Schenectady County Community College – Community Archaeology Program. I had recovered a very similar gun rest as depicted on this program. It was found along the shoreline of Lake Champlain in New York State and believed to be associated with a 17th c. blunderbust. I would appreciate receiving a copy of the image and details on the context/association of the recovery and interpretation.

    • Hi Ronald,

      The artifact is from Montpelier Archaeology and I suggest contacting their director, Dr. Matthew Reeves for more information. I’m glad we could help some!

      Dr. Reeves can be reached at: Matt Reeves


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