Gorget and shoulder belt plate on plaque

Object Number: 
1963.29
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Brass, other metal, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 2.9 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm )
Description: 
Rectangular shoulder belt plate with oblique corners and crescent-shaped gorget with rope neck chain mounted on wooden shield-shaped plaque; belt plate and gorget have applied metal seal of the City of New York with "CITY GUARD" across a banner below; gorget has 2 buttons with city seal securing each end of the chain.
Gallery Label: 
A gorget is a metal military neck ornament. It was orginally the piece of armor that protected the junction of the helmet at the breastplace, but it slowly evolved into a symbolic plate worn on the breast to show rank or position.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group