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 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; lead alloy; brooch; frame in form of shield with beaded border, enclosing Agnus Dei and delicate openwork tracery; pin at back.

Pilgrim badge; lead alloy; brooch; frame in form of shield with beaded border, enclosing Agnus Dei and delicate openwork tracery; pin at back.

PEWTER BADGE OF ST THOMAS BECKET ~ BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED, SO MUCH DETAIL SURVIVES / 14TH CENTURY ~ BRITISH NATIONAL MUSEUM

PEWTER BADGE OF ST THOMAS BECKET ~ BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED, SO MUCH DETAIL SURVIVES / 14TH CENTURY ~ BRITISH NATIONAL MUSEUM

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a mitred head within a pentacle covered with pearled trefoils. The head is a depiction of the head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Thomas Becket’s skull. 14th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. This badge is in the form of a mitred head within a pentacle covered with pearled trefoils. The head is a depiction of the head-shaped reliquary bust that held the remains of Thomas Becket’s skull. 14th century | Museum of London

Pilgrim Badge, probably from the shrine of St Jos at Saint-Josse-sur-Mer, France. Born the son of a king of Brittany in the 7th century, Jos gave up his wealth and position to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. He then became a hermit in a monastery near Étaples, which was later named after him as Saint-Josse-sur-Mer.  His hermitage became a popular stopping point for English pilgrims after arriving in France on the way to more distant shrines; late 14th century

Pilgrim Badge, probably from the shrine of St Jos at Saint-Josse-sur-Mer, France. Born the son of a king of Brittany in the 7th century, Jos gave up his wealth and position to go on a pilgrimage to Rome. He then became a hermit in a monastery near Étaples, which was later named after him as Saint-Josse-sur-Mer. His hermitage became a popular stopping point for English pilgrims after arriving in France on the way to more distant shrines; late 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. 14th-15th 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 Our Lady of Walsingham at Walsingham Priory. This open work badge depicts the phial of the Virgin Mary’s Holy Milk, which was on display at the shrine. Late medieval, mid to late 14th century.

Pilgrim badge from the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at Walsingham Priory. This open work badge depicts the phial of the Virgin Mary’s Holy Milk, which was on display at the shrine. Late medieval, mid to late 14th century.

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. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

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. Production Date: Late Medieval; 14th century

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