-- Gorget
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Time Period: 17th century to present
Location: Worldwide
Common Construction: Leather, Steel

The gorget is a leather or steel collar designed to protect the neck and throat. The earliest gorgets were worn under the breastplate and some even helped support the weight of the breastplate on the wearer. As armor was abandoned due to the widespread use of gunpowder based weapons, the gorget took on a more ceremonial and authoritative use. Gorgets were worn on chains around the neck by officers as a symbol of rank. The Germans used gorgets in both world wars, as did other countries.

The term "leatherneck" (as a nickname for a marine) was introduced because 17th and 18th century British and United States marines would wear a stiff leather collar similar to a gorget that protected the neck from sword blows.

Armor, CE 17th Century, CE 18th Century, CE 19th Century, CE 20th Century, England, France, Germany, History, Italy, Medieval Europe, Neck, Present

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