🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Found along a low riverbank in CT.. looks like it once had a pin and was maybe worn. Came out of the ground looking good so maybe silver. Any ideas?

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Looks like it was worn like once had pin. Maybe silver cause came out of the ground looking good. Riverbank in CT… any ideas
 

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I doubt it is pure silver. And I bet it is modern say 1970-2010? And no, not worn. But a part of something decorative, a suitcase perhapse?
 
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A few other sites all say the same thing… a thing called a gorget worn bye guys like George Washington! About 300 years old … wow you couldn’t be more wrong cause it is silver …. Amateur l
you should google gorget., they were worn around the neck as armor. your guess seems as off as hers.
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you should google gorget., they were worn around the neck as armor. your guess seems as off as hers.
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They became decorative during the 16-1700’s and a scarf was pulled through it hence its half moon shape… went through this on other sites it’s been verified. It would of had a pin too hence the ring on the back
 
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A few other sites all say the same thing… a thing called a gorget worn bye guys like George Washington! About 300 years old … wow you couldn’t be more wrong cause it is silver …. Amateur lol
I think it is more likely part of a necklace or scarf/tie slide.
 
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I think it is more likely part of a necklace or scarf/tie slide.
Exactly what it is… gorgets became a fashion thing which is where the Boy Scouts got it from eventually…
 
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A few other sites all say the same thing… a thing called a gorget worn bye guys like George Washington! About 300 years old … wow you couldn’t be more wrong cause it is silver …. Amateur lol
This reply doesn't seem to be in the spirit of a "What is it?" I think if you ask for people's opinions you shouldn't be quite so defensive when people throw out ideas. You also should consider marking it "Solved" if you are certain of its ID.
 
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Still not seeing anything supporting a gorget or your information. From what I’m gathering gorgets are rooted in armor and became symbolic like the saber but maintained a military lane. Also they mention being flat and meant to hang. No mention of becoming slides or any mention or pictures of them having a shape like the original object posted
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Still not seeing anything supporting a gorget or your information. From what I’m gathering gorgets are rooted in armor and became symbolic like the saber but maintained a military lane. Also they mention being flat and meant to hang. No mention of becoming slides or any mention or pictures of them having a shape like the original object posted
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Gorgets became scarf slides as fashion… they were used to slide scarf through and use pin to hold… the half moon gives it away and the shape… Victorian high fashion and even John Adam’s wore one… this is an old silver one.. woggle or Boy Scouts slides come from this…
 
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It is an interesting find and I am glad you posted it, but people come on here to share knowledge. Maybe if you could provide a link to one of the high fashion victorian gorgets, the rest of us could learn from you. Something like this 13cm copper Gorget that George Washington wore?
 

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Gorgets became scarf slides as fashion… they were used to slide scarf through and use pin to hold… the half moon gives it away and the shape… Victorian high fashion and even John Adam’s wore one… this is an old silver one.. woggle or Boy Scouts slides come from this…
Fashion evolves through time….
It is an interesting find and I am glad you posted it, but people come on here to share knowledge. Maybe if you could provide a link to one of the high fashion victorian gorgets, the rest of us could learn from you. Something like this 13cm copper Gorget that George Washington wore?
yes similar… they were common in colonial days even women wore them
The original item is not half moon
It’s raining so I’ve got time to kill, still not finding anything to back up your claims. Gorgets do not seem to have anything to do with neck slides.
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Look closer it is 100% half moon …🤦🏻‍♂️… it’s military design originated from gorgots into colonial neck slides for a scarf… 🤦🏻‍♂️
 
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Upon closer inspection I have confirmed my original assessment it is NOT a half moon. I have taken the liberty to illustrate this, if you would kindly look closely at my picture you will see a semi circular removal at both the top and bottom of the piece. Now look closely at any example of a victorian or any other gorget and you will notice none show that shape
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Would be glad to look at any information linking gorgets to slides though, can’t seem to find that
 
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