Seller: ningirsu (116) 0%, Location: Budapest, Ships to: Americas, Europe, JP, AU, Item: 263544614642 Normal 0 21 false false false RO X-NONE X-NONE Medieval gilt silver button heraldically decorated with a knightly horned great helm (with 3 dots decorating each horn) inside dotted circle. Hemispheric shape with a loop attached, front face slightly concave. Gold gilt visible especially on the front face. Uncleaned. Size ~ 12 mm diameter, ~ 10 mm thickness including loop, weight 0.91 grams Probably from the German or Austrian area. A horned great helm of a somehow similar type (dated around 1350 AD) is kept at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Wien and belonged to Albert von Pranckh. These buttons made of precious metals and decorated with heraldic devices were fashionable among noblemen and knights around the middle of the 14th century. They were carefully made by jewelers not for everyday use but to decorate the ceremonial outfit of the high birth persons, and as such sometimes accompanied them in their tombs (fairly similar silver buttons but bearing a heraldic shield or letters were found inside one of the mid-14th century tombs from Curtea de Arges princely church in Wallachia - google it). Obviously only a handful of buttons with a peculiar heraldic design was made upon request for a certain nobleman, this explains why these ornate buttons are rarely found today. Your chance to own a genuine, extremely rare piece of a knight’s garment.Will ship only registered priority mail. PayPal accepted.