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Gorget for the Royal Garrison Battalion

Loyalist American or British (about 1782-84)

Gilt copper. "U"-shaped with plain edges which are slightly turned outward, & inwardly rolled. Each terminal fitted with single oblate decorative cap, formerly used to secure suspension strap. Terminals are engraved at midpoint with triple-turreted fortress motif. On central face is engraved royal arms of United Kingdom, above which, & at either side are initials "G R." Along the central lower edge of gorget is inscription, "Royal Garrison Battalion."