Very Rare Medieval 'Splayed Heraldic Eagle' Secular Badge
Copper-alloy, 5.29 grams, 36.12 mm. Circa 12th-14th century AD. A cast copper-alloy mount in the form of a bird with wings extended. The body is cross-hatched for feather texture and the wings and tail feature vertical lines. The head is erect with curved beak. There are two circular holes beside the feet and two clenched attachment spikes to the rear. Reference: cf. bird mount in Read, B. Metal Artefacts of Antiquity, vol.1, Langport, 2001 item 67. Extremely fine condition. Provenance: found Suffolk, UK.