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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.

    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's Badge with head of Saint Thomas à Becket

    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’).

    Pilgrim badge Part of a pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge would have depicted the head-shaped reliquary bust, which held the remains of Becket’s skull, inside an architectural frame. The left-hand side of the frame and the bust itself has not survived. At the base of the frame is the word ‘THOME’. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

    Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a mitred head within a barbed quatrefoil frame. The head is a depiction of the head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Thomas Becket’s skull. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

    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. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th 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 figure of Becket’s groom, who would have been standing at the front of the horse Production Date: Late Medieval; late 14th-early 15th century

    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 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

    Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral.

    Pewter pilgrim badge of St Thomas Becket

    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 often shown as if it was lying on top of a shield, as in this example. This shield is decorated with four bears’ heads, identifying the shield’s owner as Reginald Fitzurse. 14th - 15th century | Museum of London

    Canterbury bell Pilgrim souvenir, possibly from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This souvenir is in the form of a bell which is missing its loop at the top. It is decorated with two scrolls containing the letters ‘U…A’. It was designed to be worn around a pilgrim’s neck. Miniature bells like this were popular with Canterbury pilgrims, particularly in the 14th century. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th-15th 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's Badge of the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury

    Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This ampulla has an openwork penannular frame decorated with the words 'OPTIMUS ECRORUM MEDICUS FIT TOMA BONORUM' ('Thomas is the best doctor of the worthy sick'). The openwork decoration of the frame is in the form of fleurs-de-lys. The vessel itself has the figure of St Thomas Becket on one side and the scene of his martyrdom on the other. Production Date: Late Medieval; early 14th century

    Ampulla from the shrine of St Thomas Becket; Canterbury ampullae contained holy water tinged with St Thomas Becket’s blood. | Museum of London

    Pilgrim badge: St. Thomas Becket?

    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

    St Thomas Becket pilgrimage badge