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This silver gorget was made in England in 1775-1776 for an officer of the British Army’s 60th or Royal American Regiment. Originally raised in Pennsylvania and surrounding colonies during the French and Indian War, elements of the 60th Regiment served in many campaigns of the Revolutionary War. The officers in the 60th Regiment wore matching silver gorgets, coat buttons, coat trimmings, and belt buckles as part of their uniforms to show off their rank. 

Object Details

  • Gorget
    Made by Thomas Hall or Thomas Hallows
    London, England
    1775-1776
    Silver
    Museum of the American Revolution (Benninghoff Collection)
    2007.00.0042

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French Gorget
 

French Gorget

This gorget, displaying the royal arms of the Bourbon kings of France, was a vestigial piece of armor worn by a French officer as a sign of rank.
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Image 091120 Hession Headgear Cap Collection Hessianheadgear
 

Hessian Cap Plates

These metal pieces once adorned the headgear worn by Hessian soldiers who served under British command during the Revolutionary War.
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Image 092220 16x9 Peter Muhlenberg Pistols Muhlenberg Pistols
 

Peter Muhlenberg's Pistols

German-American Brigadier General Muhlenberg (1746-1807) carried these English holster pistols during the American Revolution.
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