Gorget. 1600-25, Paris, France. Chiselled Iron embossed with gold. During the nineteenth century it was in the Cabinet d’Armes of the Emperor Napoleon III at the Chateau Pierrefonds. This gorget is an item of costume armour rather than battle protection. By the early seventeenth century it was increasingly common for men to proclaim their military professions by combining pieces of armour or weaponry with civilian clothing.