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MarkWeaver
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Blimey, one off the wish list today! I’ve been on a new permission in the pouring rain this morning walked about four miles on pasture and found one crotal bell and this! There is what looks to be a design on one side but I need to have a proper look. Anyone have any knowledge on these please? I think after a quick look on PAS that it’s 1300-1500.
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Worth going out, to find that, Mark.
Well done, :thumbsup:
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Very nice, always wanted to find one those, well done.
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I am very jealous, never found one and would love to. It’s in superb condition too! :Star:

I think it’s a Walsingham one but a close up of the first image would confirm that.

Just for info the best book I’ve found on them is Michael Mitchiner - Medieval Pilgrim and Secular Badges. There are lots of examples in there and it’s a great book across more than just badges. The title is misleading! It’s out of print and is generally very expensive (£100 plus) but, like I did, you can sometimes pick a good copy up for about £30 and let it appreciate in value :D Click on the image below for a close up of the Walsingham example :thumbsup:
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Blimey, Mark, your first one's complete :o :thumbsup:

Regarding the Walsingham type Cath mentions above, there is a theory doing the rounds that the "W" doubles as "VV", meaning Virgo Virginum, (Virgin of Virgins), meaning Mary, Mother of God.

Cracking find, that man :clapping:
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MarkWeaver wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 4:05 pm Just found this.... Salisbury?

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It could be :geek: good research :Star: . You have it in your hand so you can see more detail.

The pouch type ones seem to be mainly 14 - 15th century but dating them precisely can be difficult. A wonderful find in that condition :clapping:
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That is fantastic condition, and kind of indicates that where you found it, the land hasnt had very much ploughing activity over the years :thumbsup:
Stunning example , well found for sure :clapping:
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I want one!!! And as complete as yours

Well found Mark :thumbsup:
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Not very often the little handles survive. Well done!
Never found one myself but only a few weeks ago my detecting buddy did on one of our permissions!
Congratulations! :thumbsup:
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Wow what a beauty :thumbsup:
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Amazing to find such a good example, well done! :thumbsup:
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I have just sent it to FLO at Veralamium Museum in St Albans, fortunately they wont meet people (so i get to hang to it for now) so I did the usual measurements, photos etc - looking forward to the report on it I don't know too much about these.
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That is a nice example :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Not ever had the luck to find one, so on my wish list, but their like hens teeth, or seem to be round my neck of the woods

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Steve_JT wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:11 pm Not ever had the luck to find one, so on my wish list, but their like hens teeth, or seem to be round my neck of the woods
Strange thing - some people seem to find them with monotonous regularity and others don't get a sniff. I did wonder if proximity to the source of an important religious establishment might play a part, but from what I can gather they were churned out all over the gaff, with even the smallest village church buying them in to flog on. Or maybe your area was uncommonly healthy and/or had fertile land so there was no requirement for them?

Whp knows, but hope you get to find one :thumbsup:
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