Brass plates (42) from cheek guard of British military shako excavated at Fort L

Title:
Brass plates (42) from cheek guard of British military shako excavated at Fort L
Date: 
1800-1820
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Brass plates from cheek guard of British military shako; thin plates with flat base and two lobes at top; perforated with three holes at base.
Object Number: 
INV.6196.2-43
Gallery Label: 
These plates were excavated by the Field Exploration Commitee at Fort Lennox, a British fort on Isle aux Noix in the Richelieu River in Quebec, Canada. Built during the Revolutionary War, the fort served as a base for British expeditions on Lake Champlain in 1813 and against Plattsburgh in 1814. Shakos were military hats with high crowns and plumes, and were worn by the British Army beginning in 1800. The scales covered a leather strap that guarded the cheek of the soldier wearing the shako.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group