- Museum number
A lead alloy pilgrim badge depicting the bust of St Thomas Becket in mitre and chasuble. The bust is flanked by architectonic arcading, all within a roundel with studded decoration and beaded rim. This piece is associated with the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury.
- Production date
- 1320 - 1450 (circa)
Diameter: 38.36 millimetres
- Curator's comments
'Pilgrim-Signs and Thomas, Earl of Lancaster,' The British Museum Quarterly, Vol XX, 1955-56, pp39-40.
Hugh Tait has argued that the date of this badge can not be later than 1322, as its provenance is connected - via donation - to a series of coins which were part of the Tutbury Hoard. This hoard has been linked to the years around the rebellion of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, who was beheaded at the order of Edward II in 1322.
For further information see:
'Pilgrim-Signs and Thomas, Earl of Lancaster,' The British Museum Quarterly, Vol XX, 1955-56, pp.39-40
Edward Hawkins, 'Remarks upon the coins lately dicovered in the bed of the River Dore, near Tutbury, Staffordshire', Archaeologia, xxiv (1832), 148-67
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1990 Sep 24-Oct 31, Canterbury City Council Museums Art Galleries & Monuments, Thomas Becket
1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number