By Ashley Perry VCU student intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.
Today’s animation is what appears to be a strap hinge found at the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. Strap hinges were used in both window shutters and barn doors, though those used for barns tended to be quite long because of the large size of the doors. They were often made by hand as opposed to in a factory, and had begun to be replaced by the butt hinge in areas of America starting in the 1800s. This artifact was scanned on January 29th, 2014 by Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers and is part of a larger collection of artifacts from the Battle of Bladensburg on loan to the Virtual Curation Laboratory to be scanned for its upcoming bicentennial on August 24th. The hinge could represent Battle of Bladensburg occupation, if not belonging to a later Civil War component.