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 Pilgrim Badges Page Four
Fettered Cock Pewters

 

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Charm Style indicates that the badge is meant to be worn suspended
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Pin Back indicates that the piece is cast with a medieval pin closure.

If you would like to know more about the medieval practice of pilgrimage and about pilgrims' badges and souvenirs, please visit our Pilgrimage Page.

 

 

Swan $5

The swan, although a symbol of grace and beauty, is one of the fiercer animals. This badge bears the motto "Beware", and warns us not to judge a book by its cover.
Medieval Pin Back
(size 39mm X 39mm)

The Cat and Mouse $5

Reproduction. This cat has just caught a mouse and the caption beneath her reads VISI MUS, or "voici mus", which would have been acceptable French in the 14th century. The cat and mouse appear frequently in stone carving and margin drawing. They symbolized the Devil and Sinner.
Medieval Pin Back (size 32mm X 25mm)

The Cock $5

Reproduction. The rooster is a talisman against evil. The sound of the cock crow was reputed to banish evil, and frighten the dragons back to their lairs. The cock is a symbol of forthrightness and vigilance.
Medieval Pin Back (size 35mm X 33mm)

The Flying Cock $5

Reproduction. This splendid fellow is crowned and belled for a night out on the town. The phallus is a common theme in Dutch badges in the 14th through 16th centuries, and the winged phallus dates back to Roman times.
Medieval Pin Back
(size 39mm X 36mm)

The French Dolphin $5

Reproduction. This stylized fish is based on a piece in a private collection. It is thought to be a heraldic pun for the Dauphin, the heir to the French throne.
Medieval Pin Back

The Horse $5

Reproduction. Based on a badge in the Museum of Salisbury, this horse celebrates the carefree time of being sent to pasture.
Medieval Pin Back (size 39mm X 24mm)

The Rose of Chivalry $5

This badge represents the bond which exists between a fighter and his lady. The Knights' belt surrounds a rose. A symbol of honour in battle.
Medieval Pin Back (size 38mm X 49mm)

The Sword $5

This charm depicts a double-sided sheathed sword with suspension loop. The sword was one of the most enduring symbols of nobility in the medieval period and charms such as this were quite popular.
Charm Style

The Unicorn $5

Once of the most popular of the mythical beasts, the unicorn was a symbol of purity and virginity. Its horn was highly prized as a remedy to poison. Its association with honour made it a popular heraldic charge.
Medieval Pin Back

The War Horse $5

The powerful war horse, shown here in chamfron and crinet, was the ultimate symbol of knightly wealth and power.
Charm Style

The Wildman / Doctor $5

Reproduction. The Wildman is depicted urinating in a mortar and pestle while standing on a fish. He is a common 15th century badge and is believed to parody medieval apothecaries.
Medieval Pin Back (size 30mm X 46mm)

Yorkist Sun    $5

Reproduction. The splendid "blazing sun of York", was closely associated with King Edward IV as his personal badge and became an early symbol of the House of York.
Medieval Pin Back (size 33mm X 37mm)

Talbot $5

Reproduction. A popular style of badge, this talbot is shown in an obedient seated pose. A powerful and much prized hunting hound, the talbot is characterized by his hanging ears and curled tail. The dog has long been a symbol of loyalty and platonic love.
Medieval Pin Back

Laurel Wreath $5

The Laurel Wreath has been a symbol of excellence since Roman times and well
into the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Medieval Pin Back

Crusader's Cross $5
Medieval Pin Back (size 28mm X 28mm)

Reproduction. Also known as the Jerusalem cross, this was the emblem of the Templar Crusaders. The Jerusalem cross has four arms at equal distance,symbolizing the four directions, and the belief that Jerusalem was at the center of the World.

Heraldic Dragon $5
Medieval pin back (size 38mm X 34mm)

Based on dragons common in heraldry and stone carving during the medieval and renaissance periods. The Dragon was a powerful symbol of strength, both good and evil. The dragon is featured on the coat of arms of Wales and appears in many tales of valour of medieval heroes and saints. St. Martha, St. George and St. Michael all did battle with dragons. A Dragon's only natural enemy is the elephant.

Crossbow Charm $5
Charm Style (size 45mm X 43mm)

Reproduction. Based on several examples from Rotterdam c 1350 to1450, this charming crossbow shows a stylized version of the popular weapon.

Axe Charm $5
Charm style, double sided (size 48mm X 20mm)

Reproduction. Taken from an example in Rotterdam c 1350 to1450. A common symbol of St. Olaf this axe is a popular shape for the period. The axe was an everyday tool for most medieval people, and was generally considered to be the weapon of choice for the common man. Despite its humble origins, the English used the axe for executions of those considered too important for hanging. Anne Boleyn personally requested a swordsman from Saint-Omer for her execution, so she would not be beheaded with what the French still considered a "base" weapon.

Prisoner of Love $3
Charm Style (size 32mm X 13mm)

Reproduction. This little phallus is either all locked up or perhaps caught in a trap. Either way, he is a prisoner of love, but still looks pretty happy about it!

Pecker on Pecker $5
Medieval Pin Back (size 40mm X 28mm)

This jaunty little phallus is giving a ride to a small bird who is giving him a peck for his troubles! This badge is believed to be a play on the word "seed". The bird might get a bit of a surprise, as this is not the sort of seed he is looking for...

Memento Mori $5
Medieval Pin Back (size 34mm X 28mm)

The rough translation of the Latin phrase "Memento Mori" is "remember you are mortal". This was reputed to be whispered to triumphant generals as they rode their chariots in victory in ancient Rome. Although often associated with pirates who adopted this symbol in the 1700, the skull and bones were popular symbols of Mortality and feature prominently in Christian Renaissance paintings and statuary. The Church with its strong emphasis on divine judgment, wished to remind people that death was inevitable and that their salvation lay in thoughts of the afterworld. To the Christian, the prospect of death serves to emphasize the emptiness and fleetingness of earthly pleasures, luxuries, and achievements, and thus the skull was often used as a symbol of vanity. The skull and crossed bones was often used to decorate cemeteries and is a modern symbol for poison.

Love Token $5
Medieval Pin Back (size 28mm X 34mm)

Reproduction. The most popular and enduring of love tokens, the crowned heart pierced with Cupid's arrow has been exchanged by lovers since the early Middle Ages. This version contains a banner, threaded through the heart itself which read AMOURS or "Loves".

St. Peter's Key $5
Charm Style double-sided (size 15mm X 43mm)

This charm was based on two extant St. Peter's tokens. The first badge was a very plain single key, but I chose to style this key on the more attractive key depicted as a pair of crossed keys in another badge. St. Peter was chief of Jesus's apostles and is said to possess the "key to heaven", thus the key is his most common symbol. St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen, masons, bakers and locksmiths, and his aid is sought in ailments of the feet. The Pope is believed to be St. Peter's successor.

 

The Fiore Badges of the Art of Defense

Fiore dei Liberi (ca. 1350s - 1420s) was a medieval master of arms and the earliest master of the Italian school of swordsmanship from whom we have an extant manual. Most of what is known of the man comes from the prologues to his book Flos Duellatorum. The book, of which three distinct versions remain, contains a complete martial arts system describing how to fight unarmed and with various weapons, unarmoured and armoured, both on foot and mounted on horseback.

These badges have been lovingly reproduced in pewter based on the images in the manuscript. They have been cast in stone moulds and have a medieval pin back.

$5 each or $17 for a set of four.

 

The Lynx $5

The lynx, holding a compass represents prudentia: or prudence. (judgment)

"No other creature is able to look so clearly as me, the lynx / and by this I ever I ever reckon by compass and measure"

The Lion $5

The lion holding a heart represents audatia or audacity (bravery)

"None bears a more ardent heart than me, a lion / And I challenge anyone to battle."

The Tyger $5

The tiger holding an arrow represents celeritas or celerity (speed)

"I am the tiger, I am very quick to run and turn / That the arrow in the sky cannot approach me."

The Elephant and Castle $5

The elephant, carrying a tower, represents fortitudo: or fortiture (strength)

"I am the elephant and I have a castle for a burden / And never do I kneel down nor do I lose my true place."

The "sette spade" diagram from the Pisani facsimile (fol. 17A). (ca. 1350s - 1420s) The four animals symbolize Prudence (lynx), Celerity (tiger), Audacity (lion), and Fortitude (elephant).

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