Medieval Pilgrim Badges

Medieval Pilgrim Badges

From the Collection of Arthur Forgeais

In November 2021, we were delighted to present a group of medieval pilgrim badges from the collection of noted 19th century French archaeologist,  Arthur Forgeais, to auction in our African & Oceanic Art, Antiquities and Natural History sale. 

 

MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGE OF SAINT NICHOLAS
MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGE OF SAINT NICHOLAS | FRANCE, 14TH - 15TH CENTURY A.D.
(Qty: 3) tallest 4.2cm high | Sold for £1,250 incl premium

 

View Lot 138 ⇒

 

Pilgrim badges were worn by medieval pilgrims as evidence of their journey to a shrine. The badges were sold outside the entrance to a holy site, typically formed of hammered pewter, they would often take the form of the particular saint being venerated. They were worn in the hat, to mark the wearer out as someone of devotion, who would require hospitality on their journey. The vast number found in watercourses suggests they were thrown into rivers upon the completion of the journey as thanks or offerings.

 

MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGES 

 

 

Arthur Forgeais was a noted 19th century French archaeologist. Born in 1822 in the city of Paris, Forgeais held a special interest and specialism in the medieval history of his home city. When, in the mid-19th century the Seine was dredged during Haussmann’s renovation of the city, the scholar worked to recover a great number of archaeological remains from the silts of the river. He subsequently published his findings in the five volume title Collection of Historiated Leads Found in the Seine and Collected by Arthur Forgeais (published 1862-1866). The present collection (Lots 132 - 138) of pewter pilgrim badges, all French in origin, are likely to have been recovered at this time.

 

MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGE OF SAINT CLOTILDE FRANCE, LIKELY LES ANDELYS, 14TH CENTURY A.D.
LOT 132 | MEDIEVAL PILGRIM BADGE OF SAINT CLOTILDE | FRANCE, LIKELY LES ANDELYS, 14TH CENTURY A.D.
(Qty: 2) tallest 8cm high | Sold for £1,500 + fees

 

View Lot 132 ⇒

 

 


 

Auction Information

 

AFRICAN & OCEANIC ART, ANTIQUITIES AND NATURAL HISTORY

Wednesday 24th November 2021 | Live Online

 

View the auction results ⇒

 

 

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