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Sir Philip Sidney wears a gorget for a portrait
Sir Philip Sidney wears a gorget for a portrait

A gorget is a type of armor designed to protect the neck. It is a feature of older types of armor, designed to protect against swords and other non-projectile weapons. This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Philip Sidney Sir Philip Sidney (November 30, 1554 – October 17, 1586) became one of the Elizabethan Ages most prominent figures. ... Alternative meanings: vehicle armour, Armor (novel) A hoplite wearing a helmet, a breastplate and greaves (and nothing else). ... The neck is the part of the body on many limbed vertebrates that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk. ... Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century A sword (from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swerd, lit. ...


Most medieval versions of gorgets were simple neck protectors that were worn under the breastplate and backplate set. These neck plates supported the weight of the armour on top and many had straps attached that were for the shoulder armour plates to be fastened to. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ...


Later renaissance gorgets were not worn with a breastplate and were instead worn over the clothing. Most of these types were beautifully etched, gilt, embossed, or enamelled and probably very expensive. Gorgets were the last form of armor worn on the battlefield. By region Italian Renaissance Spanish Renaissance Northern Renaissance French Renaissance German Renaissance English Renaissance The Renaissance, also known as Il Rinascimento (in Italian), was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ...


In the Second World War, the military police of the German Army still used a metal gorget as an emblem. This was a flat metal crescent suspended in front by a chain around the neck. Following the German example, the Finnish Defence Forces still use a metal gorget as a distinguishing mark of the duty conscript of a company. // US Army In the United States military, infantry companies are usually made up of three rifle platoons and a heavy weapons platoon; tank companies are usually made up of three tank platoons and a command element. ...


The red patches on each side of the collar of the tunic of a British army officer are called "gorget patches" in reference to this article of armor.


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Gorget - Age of Armour (225 words)
Though the design of this gorget was most heavily influenced by a German original from 1660 many similar types were seen throughout western europe from the late 16th century to the early 18th century.
This gorget is very similar to the stainless steel one seen here.
The roping is of a chiselled pattern common of the 17th century.
Gorget of Honesty - UOGuide (114 words)
The Gorget of Honesty is part of the Virtue Set.
To get the gorget you must complete the Seeker of Truth quest by turning in 50 Book of Truth to Menzzobaanea the Seeker of Truth.
The Gorget is also available as an artifact in the anti-Virtue dungeons as part of the 10th Anniversary event.
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