early 17th c.
German. Formed of one plate front and rear, each flaired at the neck to form a narrow collar. Outer edge and neck with plain inward-turned rolls. The neck bordered by rivets with flush external heads securing a leather band in the front (the band is lost from the rear plate). The front plate is much longer than is usual, this gorget was intended to be worn without a breastplate - either with a buff coat or over civilian clothing. The outer edges are bordered by brass capped lining rivets securing piccadills of crimson velvet bordered by gold thread. Some losses to the piccadills, esp. to the right rear. Lightly pitted and patinated. These early 17th c. gorgets designed to be used without other body armour are discussed on page 56 and illustrated on page 57 of Harnisch und Helm, a book on the subject of the Graz arsenal. This is an example of what they say was called a French ring collar which is described as having been made for officers. This gorget shares the particular features, being extended in the front and surrounded by a velvet border.
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