Lot 1098

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Very rare, original Model 1804 American officer's coin silver gorget, attributed to Major General AARON DAVIS CAPEN (1796-1866), the youngest major general in Massachusetts history. This beautiful piece measures 4 1/2 in. front to back, 3 3/4 in. wide, with a twisted silver wire lanyard. It bears a fabulous applied American Federal eagle at the front, with exquisite detail, and the entire piece is in virtually untouched condition. In a presentation shadow box, easily opened. In 1822, Capen was mustered into the 1st Regiment, 1st Brigade of the Massachusetts State Militia. In 1824, the 28 year-old Colonel Capen entertained the Marquis de Lafayette at his home in Dorchester. He continued to rapid rise through the ranks, and was commissioned a brigadier general in 1827, and a major general on Feb. 22, 1829. In 1834, cheated by his brother, Capen moved to Maine where this gorget was purchased.

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December 8, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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