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Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge has a circular frame bearing the words ‘CAPVT THOME’, meaning ‘Thomas’s head’. In the centre is a depiction of the head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Becket’s skull.

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the mitred head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Becket’s skull. The bust is surrounded by an architectural frame. Archaeological and stylistic evidence suggests that this type of badge was first made around the time of the shrine’s third jubilee, in 1320. Along the base is an inscription: ‘+ S CAPVT THOME’ (meaning ‘Saint Thomas’s head’).

This badge is a souvenir of the reliquary that held the top of Thomas Becket's skull in Canterbury cathedral. The reliquary was a life-sized bust of St Thomas and was covered in gold, silver and jewels. Becket's head badges are the most common pilgrimage souvenirs found today - several hundred have been discovered in London alone. This one has a Latin inscription saying '+ S CAPVT THOME', meaning 'the head of St Thomas'. 14th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the head-shaped reliquary bust, which held the remains of Becket’s skull, inside a circular frame. Around the circle are six-diamond shapes alternating with six collets, imitating gem settings. 14th-15th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts part of the scene of Thomas Becket returning from exile in France and refers to his journey from Sandwich to Canterbury on horseback. All that remains of this badge is the figure of Becket’s groom, who would have been standing at the front of the horse. Production Date: Late Medieval; late 14th century

Pilgrim badge Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts part of the scene of Thomas Becket returning from exile in France and refers to his journey from Sandwich to Canterbury on horseback. All that remains of this badge is the horse’s body and legs and the ground underneath it where a small dog is running. Production Date: Late Medieval; mid-late 14th century

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This openwork badge represents Becket’s shrine itself (Becket’s remains had been moved to a magnificent new shrine at the east end of the cathedral in 1220). The base of the badge is decorated with cusped niches. Above this is a figure of Thomas Becket, lying down, his hands joined in prayer. Production Date: Late Medieval; mid-late 14th century

Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the scabbard of the sword that was used to murder Thomas Becket. The sword, stained with Becket’s blood, was on display in the cathedral and was a very important relic. The scabbard was shown as if it was lying on top of a shield. This shield is decorated with four bears’ heads, identifying the shield’s owner as Reginald Fitzurse. 14th - 15th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a disc with a Lombardic letter ‘T’ for Thomas at the centre. Around the edge of the badge is a line of beading and a band of raised dots within circles. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

Pilgrim badge Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a pair of gloves (one of the pair is missing; this is the right-hand glove). Various articles of Becket’s clothing were worshipped at Canterbury, including his gloves, sandals, hair shirt, mitre, half-boots and girdle. Becket’s gloves were involved in the miraculous healing of a nun. Production Date: Late Medieval; late 14th-15th century

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a pair of gloves that would have been linked by a loop at the cuffs (though now one of the gloves has snapped away). Various articles of Becket’s clothing were worshipped at Canterbury, including his gloves, sandals, hair shirt, mitre, half-boots and girdle. Production Date: Late Medieval; late 14th century

Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This ampulla has a ribbed openwork penannular frame consisting of three fleurs-de-lys enclosed in heart shapes and two sexfoils in roundels. The vessel itself is decorated with the figure of St Thomas Becket on one side and the scene of his martyrdom on the other. Canterbury ampullae contained holy water tinged with St Thomas Becket’s blood. Production Date: Early Medieval; late 13th century

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a disc decorated with a six-pointed flower (sexfoil) in the centre. Around the edge is an inscription: ‘SANCT.THOMA OR PM’ (meaning ‘St Thomas pray for me’). This inscription was like a magical formula to protect the wearer of the badge. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

Late 14th century pilgrim's badge. This badge depicts the return of St Thomas Becket from exile in France in December 1170. This anniversary was commemorated every year at Canterbury with a festival known as the Return of St Thomas (Regressio Sancti Thomae). Here he is shown on board the ship with three companions: a knight, a clerk holding a book, and a third standing next to St Thomas. Museum of London.

Pilgrim badge Several parts of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of Thomas of Lancaster at St John’s Priory in Pontefract. This openwork badge, if complete, would have depicted the various events leading up to the Thomas of Lancaster’s execution. As it is large and delicate, this ‘badge’ may actually be a devotional panel for display at home rather than for wearing. The frame splits the panel into four scenes Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge depicts the sword that was used to murder Thomas Becket. The sword, stained with Becket’s blood, was on display in the cathedral and was a very important relic. Here the scabbard is shown as if it was lying on top of a buckler (small, round shield). The buckler is decorated with a chequer pattern and the grip of the sword has a running chevron design. Mid-late 14th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim's Badge depicting the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral, ca. 1400 English Pewter. One of the best visual records of England's premier shrine. The shrine itself was sadly destroyed in 1538 by the commissioners of Henry VIII.