British volunteer militia cufflinks, Portland, ca. 1758

Contributed by Tate House Museum


Captain George Tate, Portland's mast agent during the colonial era, joined the Stroudwater militia in the 1750s. His son William followed a few years later, becoming an active private.

Engraved with the image of a militiaman holding a rifle and the inscription "British Volunteer," these cufflinks might have belonged to either man.

They were recovered during excavations of the Tate House foundation in 1951.

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About This Item

  • Title: British volunteer militia cufflinks, Portland, ca. 1758
  • Creation Date: circa 1758
  • Subject Date: circa 1758
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Brass
  • Dimensions: 1.58 cm x 1.11 cm
  • Local Code: 1951.2
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6177

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