- Museum number
Livery badge; silver gilt. In the form of a boar; the animal is engraved with a protruding tusk, bristling spine and curled tail above back legs; the front legs are missing as is the attachment pin on the reverse.
- Production date
Length: 32 millimetres
Width: 23.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The white boar badge was used by Richard III's household and followers between 1472 and 1485. This one is a good weight in the hand and is of very slightly concave section. Small details of the snout and front legs are now missing, there is a loss of gilding around the belly and lower legs (the gilding is a good colour) and the attachment pin on the reverse is missing. The badge was possibly worn as a hat emblem. A very similar form of boar badge cast in latten (a form of pewter) was found in the moat of Middleham Castle, Richard III's favourite castle, in 1930 (illustrated in P. Tudor Craig). This silver badge appears to be the only known example in precious metal.
- On display (G40/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016 - 2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
2014 Jan-Mar, London, BM, Richard III display
2012 19 Jul-25 Nov, London, BM Shakespeare: Staging the World
2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Treasure/PAS number: T359 (Treasure number)