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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 571

An Officer's Gorget, 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot

in gilded yellow-metal alloy, with a ridge at either side; engraved at centre front with the Royal Arms of the period 1714-1801 and on each arm with wreaths, pendant by engraved ribbons from the ribbon-holes, containing the title 40 RT; the inked number M2 inside; 96mm x 80mm.

The size, shape and decoration of this gorget suggests that it may have been in use circa 1790-96. See: Wood, S.C., 'The British Gorget in North America', Waffen- und Kostümkunde: Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde, 1984:1, pp. 1-16, esp. pp. 11-12.

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