Pewter pilgrim badge of St Thomas Becket: 14th century
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Pewter pilgrim badge of the head of St Thomas Becket wearing a bishop's mitre. Around his head is a church-like architectural frame. Below is an inscription: "+ S CAPVT THOME", "the head of St Thomas". This badge is a souvenir of the reliquary that held the top of Thomas Becket's skull in Canterbury cathedral. The reliquary was a life-sized bust of St Thomas and was covered in gold, silver and jewels. It was one of the most important holy places to visit during a Canterbury pilgrimage. Becket's head badges are the most common pilgrimage souvenirs found today - several hundred have been discovered in London alone.
1301 AD - 1400 AD