LEIC-26BFC6: Medieval to early post-medieval 'bouton-enseigne' (button badge)

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Unique ID: LEIC-26BFC6

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An incomplete late medieval to early post-medieval copper-alloy button-badge, dating to AD 1491 - c. 1525. The object would have been circular, but now has fragments of the outer edge missing; the attachment loop is also missing. The front of the badge is decorated with an engraved design of two shields attached to a tree - the shield on the left bears the Arms of France, the shield on the right the Arms of Britanny. The outer edge is decorated with a pellet border flanked by a moulded line. The reverse is undecorated; in the centre remains a lug of the loop which is now incomplete. 
Diameter: 35 mm
Weight: 5 g 
Reference. Cahanier, S. 2017, ‘Les boutons-enseignes: un groupe original d’enseignes religieuses des XVe et XVIe siècles’, Rev. Mabillon 28, 173-215.

Rob Webley comments: One shield shows the arms of France and the arms of France and Brittany impaled. Specifically, they have been attributed to Anne of Brittany - after 1491 when she became Queen of France. This is type no. 75 in Cahanier’s recent work on ‘bouton-enseignes’ (2017), illustrated on p. 3; fig. 2f.


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Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in PostMedArch

Class: heraldic

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: Circa AD 1491
Date to: Circa AD 1525

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5 g
Diameter: 35 mm

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Heraldic
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Melton (District)
Parish or ward: Kirby Bellars (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK7018
Four figure Latitude: 52.75508692
Four figure longitude: -0.96425662
1:25K map: SK7018
1:10K map: SK71NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

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