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Pilgrim Badges

Pilgrim badges were sold in the medieval period as souvenirs of pilgrimage. All of the badges below are accurate copies of surviving pewter artefacts. For information on the history of pilgrim badges please refer to the ‘History’ section of the website. Devotional badges are also included in this section.

P24-Saint Thomas Becket
P24-Saint Thomas Becket

P24-Saint Thomas Becket

From the 13th century, hollow cast figurines of Saint Thomas were a common souvenir of Canterbury. Although these items seemingly went out of production in the mid 14th century, the design was continued as a two dimensional badge. In this impressively sized example, Becket is shown in his full mass vestments and holding his Archbishops cross-staff.

The more observant among you may notice that in this badge Saint Thomas appears to have been given six fingers! In fact the smallest finger is actually his Episcopal ring- don’t blame me; blame the medieval badge maker whose design we copied! This badge was originally produced for Channel 4’s ‘Time Team Live’ at Canterbury, with the stone mould being engraved over the three days of filming.

Original found in London.

Late 14th-15th century.

43x89mm Standing figure of Saint Thomas in full mass vestments and holding his archiepiscopal cross; his right hand raised in blessing.

Not available gift boxed
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