|oR0565||see description||Hand-made||13.00 EUR||
How old?: 1400-1525
Finding place: many places in France, Germany, the Netherlands
Place of provenance: Geraardsbergen (the Netherlands)
Details: h.: 78mm w.: 43mm Meaning: Pilgrim badge from Geraardsebergen, where relics of St. Adrian was kept. St.Adrian was a Roman officer who became Christian. Murdred for not obeying orders he became saint and martyr. This pattern is replica of finding from Nieuwlande (the Netherlands) dated 1450-1500.
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.