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Silver gorget, ca. 1770-1795

From Stack's January 2005 Auction, Session 1 on Jan 18, 2005

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Categories  •  Stack's January 2005 The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part VII Militaria 18th Century British Army Gorgets
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Silver gorget, ca. 1770-1795. 10.7 x 9.5 cm. Body with engraved laurel wreath and ''31st REGt.'' above,...Silver gorget, ca. 1770-1795. 10.7 x 9.5 cm. Body with engraved laurel wreath and ''31st REGt.'' above, royal arms, supporters, GR cipher below the stepline; shoulders with trophies of arms. A beautiful gorget. @ The 31st Regiment of Foot was so designated in 1751, having been raised 49 years earlier and having seen service at Vigo Bay and Dettingen. Between 1765 and 1772 the 31st was stationed in Florida, its base alternating between St. Augustine and Pensacola. In 1772 the regiment was shipped to St. Vincent and fought against the Carib struggle for freedom for the next two years.

In April, 1776 the 31st Regiment was sent to Quebec as part of Major General Burgoyne's army. The regiment soon found itself in action, pursuing the American army that had unsuccessfully attempted to invade Canada in May and defeating General Sullivan's attack against Trois Rivieres on a pursuit campaign that took the 31st to within 15 miles of Fort Ticonderoga.

In 1777 elements of the 31st Regiment participated in Major General John Burgoyne's Hudson River campaign, seeing action at the Battles of Hubbardton (Vermont, July 7) and Freeman's Farm (New York, September 19). When Burgoyne's campaign ended in encirclement and surrender, the 31st Regiment's light infantry and grenadier companies were captured by colonial forces. Three years later, they were reunited with the regiment in Quebec and in 1791 the regiment embarked for England and home.

Ex Stack's Fourth Americana Sale (January 16, 2001, lot 324); earlier, said ex Major General Patrick Bogert's collection via Spink & Son, Ltd.

Lot # 311 Session 1
Hammer Price: $11,000.00

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