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St Thomas Becket's Shrine Pilgrim Badge
Saint Thomas Becket's Shrine Pilgrim Badge. Dated to between 1350 and 1400. This badge shows the ornate, purpose built shrine at Canterbury Cathedral. Above the gothic tracery is the recumbent figure of Becket, and above this figure is the jewelled reliquary case that contains his bones. In the centre panel of the chest there is a small figure who points to a large jewel. This was a massive ruby that was given as a gift by the King of France. Above the reliquary chest are two ships, again a reference to Becket's time in exile.
Height 8cm. With lapel pin fixing.