LON-250682: Medieval secular badge

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Unique ID: LON-250682

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An incomplete Medieval lead alloy secular badge dating to the 15th century. The remaining section of the badge shows a heart with "hert be true" inscribed reading from one lobe of the heart up to the peak and back down to the other lobe. Attached to the left side of the heart is a thumb which is part of the hand from which the heart projected; the rest of the hand is broken and missing. On the reverse is the remains of the pin for attachment.

A very similar badge is published in Spencer (1990:117 no.223) which is dated to the 15th century. Spencer (ibid.) notes that more complete copies of this badge found elsewhere show that the hand is the hand of God and that there is a conflation of religious and personal sentiment.

Dimensions: length: 17.37mm; width: 14.46mm; thickness including the remains of the pin: 3.81mm; weight: 1.33g.

Reference: Spencer, B. 1990. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalogue Part 2 Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum: Salisbury.

Class: Secular
Inscription: hert be true

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17.37 mm
Width: 14.46 mm
Thickness: 3.81 mm
Weight: 1.33 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Kate Sumnall
Identified by: Mrs Kate Sumnall

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: City and County of the City of London (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Bridge (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ3280
Four figure Latitude: 51.503528
Four figure longitude: -0.099555
1:25K map: TQ3280
1:10K map: TQ38SW
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Spencer, B. 1990 Salisbury Museum Medieval Catalogue: Part 2, Pilgrim souvenirs and secular badges Salisbury Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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