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The silver escutcheon in the center of this brass officer’s gorget, a vestigial piece of armor worn around the neck by European infantry officers as a sign of rank, displays the royal arms of the Bourbon kings of France. French Army officers wore gorgets like this one while serving in America during the Revolutionary War. About 5,000 officers and enlisted men under the command of General Rochambeau, the largest contingent of French troops to come to America during the war, arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, in July 1780.

Object Details

  • Gorget
    France
    1767-1789
    Brass, Silver
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2003.00.0088

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Image 091120 British Gorget Collection 1776 Englishgorget
 

British Gorget

This silver gorget was made in England in 1775-1776 for an officer of the British Army’s 60th or Royal American Regiment.
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Image 091120 British French Swords Collection British And French Swords 1 Copy
 

British and French Swords

View two intricately decorated small swords, one of which was made in France and other in England.
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Image 092320 16x9 Marquis De Lafayette Parade Banner Collection Lafayetteparadebanner
 

Lafayette Parade Banner

This silk banner was carried through the streets of Philadelphia in celebration of Marquis de Lafayette returning to the scene of his military service.
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