|oR0567||see description||High||8 6.80 EUR||
How old: 1450-1500.
Finding place: many places in France, Germany, the Netherlands
Place of provenance: Neuss (Southern Germany).
Details: h.: 30mm, w.:28mm (original finding).
Meaning: Pilgrims badge from Neuss in Germany. Quirin was a Roman soldier, who became Christian and was sentenced to death. He became saint (as a soldier he is a patron of fighting men). This pattern is replica of finding from Middelburg dated 1475-1525.
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.