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|Henry V 'London Mint' Long Cross Groat Gilded Pilgrim Badge 022656|
Rare Henry V 'London Mint' Long Cross Groat Gilded Pilgrim Badge
Silver-gilt, 3.81 grams, 25.49 mm. 1413-1422 AD, Class C, 'frowning' bust. Obverse: facing bust in tressure with mullet on right shoulder and +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC legend with quatrefoil after HENRIC. Reverse: long cross and pellets dividing +POSVI DEVM A DIVTOR E MEVM and CIVI TAS LON DON legends for London mint. S. 1726B (books at £1,100.00); N. 1387(a). Very fine, the gilding superb, pierced for sewing. In the medieval period, silver coins which displayed a cross to the reverse were sometimes gilded and worn as a symbol of pilgrimage; such a piece made from a large denomination groat coin would have been only for the wealthy (such a sum would have fed a peasant family for a week) and would have been sewn to a hat or cape, alongside other badges.
|Medieval 'Lion of St. Mark' Mount 022626|
Medieval 'Lion of St. Mark' Mount
Gilt copper-alloy, 36.13 grams, 57.74 mm. Circa 12th-15th century AD. A cast copper-alloy mount in the form of a winged lion. The lion's body and mane are carefully executed, the legs advancing and the tail coiled between the legs and around the baseline. The large wings sprout from the shoulders, and the beast is shown facing. The remains of a central attachment peg are visible on the reverse. Reference: cf. Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, vol.1, Langport, 2001 items 64, 67, 75. Very fine condition with some gilding still present. Provenance: found Scunthorpe, UK.
|Pope Boniface IX 'Saint Peter and Saint Paul' Papal Bulla 023198|
Rare Pope Boniface IX 'Saint Peter and Saint Paul' Papal Bulla
Lead, 48.25 grams, 39.76 mm diameter, approx. 5 mm thickness. 14th century AD. A lead seal from a document issued by Pope Boniface IX. One face bears the name of the issuing Pope BONE/FATIVS/PP:VIIII within a circle of points, and the other the opposed profile heads of SS. Peter and Paul with a cruciform emblem between and a form of the identifying abbreviated legend 'SPASPE', (Sanctus Paulus Sanctus Petrus 'Saint Paul, Saint Peter'). Pope Bonifatius (Boniface) was born Piero Tomacelli, at Casarano in the kingdom of Naples in 1350. He was pope from 1389 until his death in 1404, while the antipope Clement VII (1378–94) continued to hold court as pope in the French city of Avignon under the protection of the French monarchy. Boniface's papacy is noted for his cautious and prudent style, regaining control of the chief castles of the Papal States. In England, the preaching of John Wyclif supported the opposition of the king and the ecclesiastical establishment to Boniface IX's granting vacant English benefices to his favourites in the Roman Curia. Papal favours were costly at this time, as the Vatican's revenues were depleted by the anti-pope. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Wiltshire, UK.
|Medieval 'John the Baptist and Agnus Dei' Pilgrim's Mount 021452|
Medieval 'John the Baptist and Agnus Dei' Pilgrim's Mount
Silver, 7.36 grams, 34.02 mm. Circa 15th-16th century AD. An octofoil mount with slightly convex surface. The design includes a loosely-robed figure on a grassy plain within a ropework border. The figure i bearded, with a halo around his head pointing with his right hand to a lamb in his left hand, the lamb carrying a banner with a cross motif on a staff. The lamb is the 'agnus dei' (lamb of God), interpreted as Jesus, and the figure pointing to it is John the Baptist who foretold the arrival of Jesus. On the reverse, the attachment rivet is present. Reference: cf. belt mounts in Egan, G. and Pritchard, F. Dress Accessories, 1150-1450, London, 1991, item 1018. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
|Medieval 'Saint' Strap End 021446|
Medieval 'Saint' Strap End
Copper-alloy and silver, 3.35 grams, 26.78 mm. 13th-15th century AD. A composite strap end with plain sides and openwork foliage motifs on the upper edge of the outer faces; on the lower edge is a small loop by which a thread or tassel could be attached to the strap end. One face bears a foliage design in silver inlay, perhaps a thistle; on the other face, against a hatched background, is a human figure in silver inlay facing right with a halo around the head and a long frond in its right hand. Reference: cf. profile and construction of a composite strap end in Egan, G. and Pritchard, F. Dress Accessories, 1150-1450, London, 1991, item 704. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Wiltshire, England.
|Medieval 'Cruciform' Openwork Staff Mount 020080|
Very Rare Medieval 'Cruciform' Staff Mount / Sword Pommel
Copper-alloy, 65 grams, 49.84 mm. 12th-13th century AD. A hollow-cast openwork finial in the form of a 'Celtic' cross. The more decorative face comprises an openwork cross within a segmented circle; a quincunx of bosses mark the centre and four cardinal points. The edge (about 15mm across) is in chevron openwork. The rear face features four V-shaped recesses forming a cross within a wheel. The rectangular-section attachment slot is pierced by a single transverse iron rivet, still in place. Due to the cross symbolism on both faces, an ecclesiastical use is suggested, possibly as the finial to a processional staff. Reference: cf. similar item in London Museum Medieval Catalogue, reprinted Ipswich, 1993, p.23 (where it is described as a sword pommel). Very fine condition, minor damage to edge. Provenance: found Norfolk, England.
|Medieval 'Blackletter' Pilgrim's Ampulla 020361|
Medieval 'Blackletter' Pilgrim's Ampulla
Lead, 60.40 grams, 54.62 mm. Circa 15th century AD. A cast hollow lead ampulla with ribs around the lower end of the spout, made to contain holy water from a shrine. One side features blackletter script (perhaps 'IHN'?) and the other is plain. Reference: Mitchiner, M. Medieval Pilgrim & Secular Badges, pages 138-152. Good fine condition. Provenance: found Bishop's Stortford, Essex, England.
|Medieval 'Ovicaprid' Pendant 017339|
Medieval ‘Ovicaprid’ Pendant
Copper-alloy, 25.47 grams, 32.38 mm. Circa 14th century AD. An interesting medieval pendant in the form of a shaggy ram or goat with a finely detailed head including curved horns, and the texture of the coat indicated by pecking. The figure has a base on which it stands comfortably, but is also provided with a suspension loop. Reference: cf. the many based animal figurines used in children's games in Forsyth, H. & Egan, G. Toys, Trifles & Trinkets - Base-Metal Miniatures From London 1200 to 1800, London, 2005. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection formed in the 1950's.
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