St. Thomas Becket, Pewter Pilgrim’s Badge, Greetings Card circa 1400, Found in the river Thames.
Following his martyrdom, St Thomas Becket’s head was represented in Canterbury Cathedral by a life-sized bust that contained a relic of his skull. Badges of cast lead with a pin at the back for wearing were made to represent the reliquary head in the Cathedral. Worn by pilgrims to Canterbury they became popular souvenirs.
150 x 105 mm, contained in cellophane wrapper with fitted envelope.