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French Medieval Pewter Pilgrim's Badge of Saint Nicholas

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Seller: artancientltd (9,479) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291778576458 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge An exceptional pilgrim's badge showing the famous gift giver, St. Nicholas, performing a miracle on three children, dating to the 14th-15th Century AD.St. Nicholas, who would later become Santa Claus, is shown here performing one of his miracles. Three boys have been tricked by an evil innkeeper or butcher and have been thrown into a barrel, shown on the bottom left of the badge. St. Nicholas, on visiting the inn, dreams of the crime and resurrects the boys, who are shown alive again on the bottom right. St. Nicholas himself occupies the upper element of the badge with an inscription surrounding him.This is one of the finest pilgrim badges, showing this important saint, that we have seen on the market. It would have been worn as an act of devotion and flung into the river Seine near Paris in the 14th-15th Century as an act of piety. Height: 1 3/4 inches. 4 inches mounted.Condition: Very good, with no restorations. Mounted on a bespoke hardwood base, as shown. 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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