The Chiddingly Boar

England, late 15th century AD
Found at Chiddingly, East Sussex, England, in 1999

In 1999, a metal detectorist discovered this small boar. It is made of silver and was once gilded. The remains of a setting for a pin on its back suggest that it was intended to be worn on a hat.

We believe that the cap-badge belonged to a supporter of Richard III (reigned 1483-5), Shakespeare's infamous 'crookback'd' king. The wild boar was Richard III's symbol and court records tell us that thousands of badges in this shape were made as souvenirs of Richard's coronation in 1483, and also for the ceremony crowning his son as Prince of Wales. Most of the badges were made of cheap bronze or pewter. This silver cap-badge, on the other hand, was probably a present to an important nobleman, who lost it by accident.

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Bibliography

Richard Hobbs, Treasure: Finding our past (London, The British Museum Press, 2003)

Dimensions

Length: 32.000 mm

Museum number

P&E MLA 2003.5-5.1

MCM20571

Acquired through the Treasure Act

Location

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