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French Medieval Charles V Pewter Dolphin Pilgrim Badge - 1349 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,479) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201542925014 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A rare medieval pewter badge in the form of a dolphin, dating to the time of Charles V the Wise, 1349 - 1380 AD.Badges of this type were worn by followers of Charles V of France, in reference to his nickname 'The Dauphiné'. Not just a symbol of a great French ruler though, the dolphin also came to represent the virtues of love, diligence and speed, therefore becoming a favourite emblem for sailors too.A charming work of medieval art with a great provenance, flung into the river Seine in the 14th Century as an act of piety.For similar examples of the type see, Pilgrim Souvenirs and Secular Badges, Brian Spencer p. 291. Diameter: 44 mmCondition: Very good, with no restorations. Provenance:Formerly in the collection of Mr. Arthur Forgeais (1822-1878). Forgeais owned a shop on the Pont Neuf in Paris during the 1860s. It was during this period that the Parisian authorities undertook a project of dredging the Seine, as a result a number of these badges were recovered from the silt. It was Mr. Forgeais who recognised their importance and saw to their publication in a series of volumes, which he had printed at his own expense in 1862-5. In many senses he was the founder of the modern study of medieval pilgrim’s badges and ampullae. This piece was one of a number recovered from the Seine which Mr. Forgeais retained for his own collection. Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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