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British military shako plate excavated at Fort George

Object Number: 
INV.6195.33
Date: 
1805-1815
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
overall: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.
Marks: 
stamped: (33), front of plate: "GR/100" (100th Regiment, Prince Regent's County of Dublin Regiment; GR is the royal cypher of King George)
Description: 
Brass shako plate; flat, shield-shaped plate with British crown on top; foliate inscription in center of plate; regiment number inscribed on bottom of plate.
Gallery Label: 
This shako plate was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Fort George, a British fort at Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Niagara River in Ontario, Canada. Built in 1795, the fort was captured by American forces on May 27, 1813, and occupied by them until December. This plate was worn on the hat, or shako, of a private in the 100th Regiment, which was raised in Ireland in 1805, and was stationed in Canada when war began in 1812. The regiment was renumbered as the 99th in 1815.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group