DOR-9BC000: Silver-gilt pilgrim badge

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Unique ID: DOR-9BC000

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Description: Silver-gilt badge, possibly a pilgrim's badge, depicting St George slaying the dragon. The openwork badge depicts a horse and rider in low relief. The rider is in armour and holding a lance. Below the horse is a dragon into which the end of the lance is pressed. The back of the badge is undecorated and has a patch of solder where a loop was attached (the loop was recovered with the brooch but had become detached).

Dimensions: 28.18 mm x 20.29 mm x 2.66 mm
Weight: 4.52 g

Date: Late Medieval - 15th to early 16th century

Discussion: St George became popular from the early 15th century as his cult developed under Royal patronage. A similar badge, but in copper-alloy, is recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme under database number GLO-BECDA3. An example in silver-gilt is treasure number 2010 T657 (PAS number DUR-84E7D7).

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Finds Liaison Officer (Dorset) 2012


Consequently, in terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Dorset County Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T641


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.18 mm
Width: 20.29 mm
Thickness: 2.66 mm
Weight: 4.52 g

Personal details

Recorded by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T641

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Winterborne Kingston

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Dorset County Museum

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: DOR
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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