Pilgrim badge

Full Name: Pilgrim badge

Object Name: Badge

Period: Medieval

Date: 1300

General Location of Find: Kincardine, Fife

Description: Scallop shell shaped pilgrim badge. Made from cast copper alloy and heavily tinned. Hole in the centre would originally been used to attach either a miniature of a saint or another symbol of pilgrimage, like a pilgrim's staff.

Historical Background: Pilgrim badges, such as this 14th century one found at Kincardine, were worn by pilgrims, often sewn onto their clothing. Originally, scallop shaped badges were used for pilgrimage to the tomb of St James in Compostela, Spain, but the shape was later adopted by other European sites.Acquired through Treasure Trove in 2013 with assistance from the National Fund for Acquisitions.

Materials:
copper alloy
tin

Accession No: FIFER:2014.0570

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