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Title Officer's gorget, 1796 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1796-1820
Price £250.00

This is the classic gorget as worn by line regiments throughout the Napoleonic Wars. It was a universal issue, the only regiments using differentiated gorgets at this period being volunteers/militia, Foot Guards, the 1st Foot and a handful of other units.

The gorget was introduced into British service in the time of William and Mary and was phased out finally in about 1830 when William IV came to the throne.

This particular example has been completely regilt on both sides, which to me suggests electrolysis rather than the traditional fire gilt finish. The blue silk rosettes are modern replacements; originally they would have had silk ties attached to fix the gorget onto the gorget buttons at the top of the officer's tunic.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : British : 19th Century]


The cavalry sword arrived safely this morning, very pleased with it. Many thanks.

S G, UK, 20.01.2009

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006