ID Challenge no, 18 (05-06/10/19)

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ID Challenge no, 18 (05-06/10/19)

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What ho,

The more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noted that this challenge is a brief one. Reason? I'm scared witless of Oxgirl.

The item was found at a location which has given up everything from Roman to 17thC (big help, huh?) and is made of copper.

Don't forget, you can have as many hazards as you like - just fill in another entry form.

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Oh, I spose I'd better explain... This item was found by Oxgirl who very kindly sent it through for an IDC. But a quick one, as she has the full story behind it and this IDC will be holding up its publication. Knowing what side my bread is buttered I of course agreed :D
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Medieval pilgrim badge of St Barbara.

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Looks Bronze to me?? Would say either Viking or Saxon .. possibly a mount but a pure guess. Any clue on the general location, detector numbers may help.. its a real tough one..
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Bronze blob??
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Virgin Mary with Jesus on her lap.

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Difficult to be certain as it looks to be depicted upside down but it looks remarkably like a founder's casting sprue.
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15/16th century pilgrim's badge.
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Medieval Saint Catherine of Siena Pilgrim's Badge 14th-15th century.
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If it’s one of OGs then it just has to be a medieval buckle from her buckle field 🤣
With the 2 lugs on the back, I’d hazard a guess at belt fitting.
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Re: ID Challenge no, 18 (05-06/10/19)

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Well done Spearhead - perfect answer and the first to respond too :D Good job.

It would be easy to dismiss something like this as a blob of something but I’ve been desperate for a pilgrims badge for ages. I was dreaming of a lead or pewter one but I certainly wasn’t complaining when this one popped out. I bought a book on them recently and so was aware they can look like this one :D

So here’s the full story:
I recently added a pilgrims badge to my top 5 bucket list and invested in a brilliant book on medieval pilgrims badges. The other day I went on a new field, one with incredible views of the Oxfordshire countryside and had a little hunt. 3rd hole and out popped what I immediately thought was a pilgrims badge. I cleaned it up a bit in the field and thought it was Mary and child.

Once I got home and found the silver button I thought was my star find was neither silver, nor a button :( I started to get very dispondent and decided I was projecting what I wanted to find on what was probably just a piece of scrap rubbish. But I researched it anyway. After just a few minutes (it was just luck =)) ) I found a perfect match. This scrappy bit of metal is Saint Barbara and this badge is 13-14th century.

According to this website this is a badge of nimbate Saint Barbara standing next to a tower with three windows and holding a martyr's palm. Probably worn on a belt. Saint Barbara: Barbara was the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus. Her name can be traced to the 7th century. It's the patron saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. St. Barbara is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

So another item off my wish list. I'll replace it with a lead or pewter one - I can dream! Finding a heap of these would make me very, very happy.

And not a buckle in sight. Well not a whole one anyway, I think I might have a part of one =))
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Re: ID Challenge no, 18 (05-06/10/19)

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Lovely find and pleased that it's right up your street and what you wanted it to be.

Thanks to you for supplying it and to all those who had a bash ::g
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Re: ID Challenge no, 18 (05-06/10/19)

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Gosh I forgot to say thank you to all who had a go. Had meant to but got distracted by all the cutting and pasting malarkey =))

It doesn’t matter if the answer is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ if you have a go - thank you ::g
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