FAKL-654800: Badge, heart shaped

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Unique ID: FAKL-654800

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Cast lead alloy badge in the form of a heart, well modelled and in fairly deep relief. Down the centre is a line of raised pellets and the outer edge is marked by a line of small pellets. The back is plain but down its length runs a sharply defined groove 2.0mm wide x 1.5mm deep with a round bottom. Heart shaped badges have been discussed by Spencer (2010, p.321-3) who mentions 50 examples from London, mostly found on the Thames foreshore. He links them to use of the heart as a symbol of love during the fourteenth and fifteenth century. Many of the London badges bear a crowned heart or flowers, both absent from this find but the pealed boarder is typical.

Class: Secular

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 19.5 mm
Width: 16.5 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 4.28 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Kevin Leahy
Identified by: Dr Kevin Leahy

Other reference numbers

Other reference: B009

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Yorkshire and the Humber (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: York (Unitary Authority)
District: York (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Fulford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spencer, B. 1998 Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges London Medieval Finds from Excavations in London 7 321-3

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Audit data

Recording Institution: FAKL
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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