Brass plate from cheek guard of British military shako excavated at Fort Lennox
Overall: 1 x 1 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 2.9 cm )
Brass plate from cheek guard of British military shako; thin, rectangular plate with one rounded end; embossed with series of three-lobed designs in two lines; perforated with two circular holes at one end and rectangular hole at other end.
This plate was excavated by the Field Exploration Commitee at Fort Lennox, a British fort on Isle aux Noix in the Richelieu River in Quebec, Canada. Built during the Revolutionary War, the fort served as a base for the British expeditions on Lake Champlain in 1813 and against Plattsburgh in 1814. Shakos were military hats with high crowns and plumes, and were worn by the British Army beginning in 1800. The plate covered a leather strap that guarded the cheek of a soldier wearing the shako.
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