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St. Jacob's shell


St. Jacob's shell

Century: 14th, 15th
St. Jacob's shell. Medieval Market, badges stjacobs shell



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oR0564see descriptionHand-made13 11.31 EUR
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How old?: 1300-1500
Finding place: whole Europe
Place of provenance: Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Details: h.: 41mm w.: 30mm
Meaning: St. Jacobs shell was symbol of undergoing the most popular pilgrimage: to Santiago de Compostela. Custom of sewing shell to clothing was known earlier but this badge dates 1450-1500 (it is replica of finding from Tolsende).



Pewter badges were first introduced as pilgrim souvenirs from different places of Christian cult around Europe and the Holy Land. The earliest findings of this type comes from about second half of XII th. century, fall of their popularity is beginning of XVI th. century. They're closely connected with development of pilgrimages among Christians. Pilgrim badges were a solid prove of finishing a long journey to places were once saints lived. About XIV th. century secular badges also appeared.

ATTENTION: dates showed in this catalogue tells only how old was the material used for the original. It doesn't mean that the badge was used only then.
The pewter badges as well as their descriptions are provided to us by Bartosz Sołtysiak who bases them on historical sources.





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