|oR0559||see description||Hand-made||11.50 EUR||
How old?: 1400-1500.
Finding place: London, Salisbury, Canterbury.
Details: h. 50mm.
Meaning: Probably a heraldic badge of Arthur - Prince of Wales (1486-1502)- descending from his mother, Catherine of Aragon. Motif of sheaf of arrows is popular in heraldy. Sometimes more arrows are pictured (for example 24, which was the number of arrows possesed by fully armed English archer). It may also be a badge for participants of some archery contest as two of the arrows are blunt practice-arrows.
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.