Hand with Flowers Badge

Make Your Own Medieval

$12.00 

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 Lead alloy badges originated as souvenirs sold at the sites of Christian pilgrimages.  The earliest findings of this type comes from about second half of 12th century, fall of their popularity is beginning of 16th century with the height of their popularity being in the 14th and 15th centuries. Pilgrim badges could be worn as "proof" of a pilgrimage to a particular site, and from the 14th century other religious and secular badges also became popular. 

This replica is made of pewter and measures 33mm buy 50mm. It does not have a pin on the back, it is attached to clothing by sewing it on.

The badge depicts a hand holding flowers and symbolises friendship or thankfulness. It is based on an original badge which is dated 1400-1500 and kept in Salisbury, England.