|oR0552||see description||Hand-made||7.00 EUR||
How old?: 1350-1500.
Finding place: Amsterdam, Nieuwlande, Dordrecht.
Details: h.: 47mm, w.34mm.
Meaning: Like "Hand with flowers" badge, it could have been symbol of beauty or thankfulness. On sign there is inscription "VIVE LA BELLE", which means "Cheer to the beauty". Perhaps a gift for beloved or adored person. Some scientist connect this badge with Mary Magdalene. This pattern is replica of finding from Dordrecht, dated 1400-1500.
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.