Jump to content

Pattern of 1796 British Officer Gorget


Recommended Posts

Here's a nice gorget I added to my collection. This is the P1796 British Officer gorget washed in a beautiful gold gilt. Hand engraved with "GR" for King George III. This was an American pickup along with the pistol pictured during the War of 1812. Very much en vogue during the 17th and 18th centuries, this was the last gorget pattern authorized for British line officers and was completely discontinued by the early 1830's.

post-1737-0-65241100-1471141647.jpg

post-1737-0-55003300-1471141739.jpg

post-1737-0-78963100-1471141747.jpg

LEATHERNECK72


Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

donation2014.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Way neat items and rarely seen. Thanks Brian for sharing, very historical. I love this time period. Kevin

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

donation2015.gifdonation2016.gifdonation2019.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Kev. I still collect mostly Pre-1918 USMC, but I had 3 patriots that fought in the American Revolution and my 6th great-grandfather was the Chief of Scouts for the Roger's Rangers, so I dabble in this time period as well.

LEATHERNECK72


Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

donation2014.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sure wish I had that kind of family history Brian. That definitely makes the collection more meaningful. Is that remnants of red wool on the back of the gorget? I recall paintings of Washington wearing one, although it was likely in the French and Indian Wars when he served for the British.

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

donation2015.gifdonation2016.gifdonation2019.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think you mean this image when he was a Colonel in the F & I War.

post-1737-0-54953400-1471238037.png

LEATHERNECK72


Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

donation2014.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes you nailed it, that was the depiction I was thinking of. Again, great items Brian that make an outstanding display and sooo historical. Thanks again for posting.

I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

donation2015.gifdonation2016.gifdonation2019.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great early American battlefield pick-up, just to think that made its way over the Atlantic on some officer's chest...

Mike Manifor
Buying and selling Military Antiques. Specializing in hat and collar insignia (EGAs) of the USMC.
Top dollar paid.
info@eagleglobeandanchor.com
My website:www.eagleglobeandanchor.com

Visit my EGA reference section: http://www.eagleglobeandanchor.com/EGA_Reference_Section.html

 


donation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif

Link to post
Share on other sites

12A54, Perhaps it belongs in the Battlefield Pickup section. I need to take some close ups of the officer's pistol. The "GR" cypher was filed off as was typical of captured weapons during the War of 1812. The U.S. soldiers didn't like looking down at that oppressive crown stamped on their gear!

LEATHERNECK72


Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

donation2014.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a great pickup then! Believe it or not, my unit in Germany had a gorget. We sourced a repro blank and mounted the unit DUI (37th Armor) on it and had all the campaign credits engraved on it. It was worn by the "Mr. Vice" (Vice President of the Mess) at Dining Ins and similar ceremonies. Probably the only one still (unofficially of course) in use in the US Army (presuming they carried on that tradition)!

Link to post
Share on other sites

We will leave this in the War of 1812 section. One could argue it belongs in the Spoils of War section, but I think it will get better commentary here.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

donation2017.gif

donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif
donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks gwb123! Sorry if it caused you any extra work.

LEATHERNECK72


Advanced Collector and USMC Officer --- Paying top dollar for quality Marine Corps antiques. Kepis, shakos, helmets, hats, good conduct medals, old photos, fighting knives, hat and collar emblems, swords, guns, documents. Keep your USMC item in a Marine Corps family! Send me a PM and let me know what you have....

 

donation2014.gif

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks gwb123! Sorry if it caused you any extra work.

Not a problem. We often have things that can be put in multiple places.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

donation2017.gif

donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif
donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 6 months later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.