• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Lead Dog Toy

Lead Toy Dog
Lead Toy Dog
FOSM Photograph
 

"The dog days of summer." This is a hollow bodied lead dog made from a two piece mold. It has a white painted body, a green collar, black ears, eyes and nose, and a red mouth. It is posed as if looking up while walking. This type of toy was common during the late 19th century. One leg is partially broken. It was excavated in the Belle Point area of Fort Smith National Historic Site.

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Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.