|oS0561||see description||Average||13 11.05 EUR||
How old?: 1200-1300.
Finding place: Ieper, Dordrecht, London. Place of provenance: Noyon, St. Eloi monastery (France).
Details: h.:47mm w.38mm
Meaning: Pilgrim souvenir from Noyon or from St. Eloi (both places claimed to posses relicts of the saint). St. Eligius lived in VII th century, he was clergyman, who convert many people from Flandres and Picardy. He was also an important official at Merowingian court. Known for his skills as goldsmith, after death he was proclaimed patron of this craft.
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.