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ENGLISH CHRISTIAN PILGRIM’S BADGE, 14TH-15TH CENTURY AD - Picardi Jewelry
ENGLISH CHRISTIAN PILGRIM’S BADGE, 14TH-15TH CENTURY AD - Picardi Jewelry

ENGLISH CHRISTIAN PILGRIM’S BADGE, 14TH-15TH CENTURY AD

A5249

Regular price $140.00 Sale

Circular, under 3/4” diameter.  White metal, probably a tin-lead pewter alloy. Wheel form with the cross within pierced ground. The cross beam with pelleted terminals and the rim hatched. Almost certainly a reference to the Wheel of Fortune, the belief in which carried on into the Christianity period. The top with a flared thickened end tubular bail, with small stringing hole for wire, for suspension, intact.  These were produced in the Holy Land for pilgrims who wore them at home as prestige symbols. They were sold at shrines of saints where holy relics of the saints, sometimes, the whole corpus were preserved. The symbols are specific to the life and achievements of the saint. Pilgrims wore them strung as necklaces, on hats, or attached to the clothing.