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When the archaeologists showed the object to the Restoration Team, it was immediately identified as a late 18th or early 19th century hand-wrought shutter dog that almost certainly was used to hold the ca. 1812 shutters open.  While the shutter dog uncovered by the archaeologists was too degraded to reinstall, it was in good enough condition to use for designing Montpelier's reconstructed shutter dogs.


The original Montpelier shutter dog is seen on the right and the hand-forged reproduction shutter dog is seen on the left.