Definition: From French "gorge," meaning "throat." 1) in archaeology, a flat, plate-like appendage of worked metal worn on the chest as a breastplate or pendant. 2) in historic times, an ornamental collar often in the shape of a crescent worn on the upper chest and tied around the neck with a silk ribbon by on-duty military officers of the 18th century. The gorget was also popular with some Indian leaders, such as Joseph Brant.
[Source: 1) Theler, James L. and Robert F. Boszhardt. Twelve Millennia: Archaeology of the Upper Mississippi River (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003). 2) Chartrand, René, Canadian Military Heritage, Volume II (1755-1871) (Art Global, Montreal, 1995]