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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.

P52 Annunciation devotional badge.
P52 Annunciation devotional badge.

P52 Annunciation devotional badge.

This badge depicts the Annunciation, with the archangel Gabriel to the left and the Virgin Mary to the right. In the centre is a fleur de lis – the heraldic form of the lily flower and, as such, a symbol of purity. We would usually expect the banderole held by Gabriel to bear an abbreviated angelic salutation - ‘Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum’, but here it is simply plain.

This is copied from a badge in the collection of the British Museum and will date to either the 14th or 15th century.

35mm high x 32mm wide with pin and clutch brooch fastening.
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