Medieval London

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This gold posy ring is inscribed with various phrases. The first phrase, 'UNG TEMPS VIANDRA', meaning 'a time will come', is engraved in French, and is in Roman capitals. The second phrase, 'MON DESIR ME VAILLE', is also engraved in French, and in…

A gold posy ring, created to symbolize two intertwined ribbons engraved with design and 'mercy' in black letters. This inscription is repeated five times, and the inside is engravedmon amour.

This portrait of King Richard III was created in the 16th century, long after his reign, between 1483 and 1485. His grand status is accentuated by his clothing and jewelry. The ring he wears, on the third finger of his left hand, symbolizes love and…

This vellum medieval manuscript dates back to circa 1440 and is believed to have been produced in Belgium, possibly Bruges. It shows a man dressed in traditional pilgrim garb with three seashell shaped badges, associated with the popular shrine of…

This small pilgrim badge, 33mm (1.30in) in height and 15mm (0.59in) in width, is made of lead alloy and dates to the late medieval period. It is a depiction of Saint Barbara holding a tower and a palm frond, the former representing her imprisoned…

The Dunstable Swan Jewel is a livery badge of extremely high quality and craftsmanship, and dates to c. 1400. It is made out of an opaque white enamel and gold. This is an expensive livery badge, and it would have belonged to a prominent supporter of…

Measuring 24 (0.95 of an inch) millimeters in diameter, this Late Saxon disc brooch is made of tin alloy and glass. Circular in shape, the brooch is set with a hazel/grey glass bead made to imitate a gemstone. Sometimes, these beads still have the…

This particular rosary is of German origin and dates back to the late medieval/early modern period. It is composed of ivory, silver, and partially gilded mounts.

This rosary measures 270 mm in length— the diameters of the small, medium, and large beads measuring 10 mm, 12 mm, and 15 mm, respectively. The beads of this rosary are made of wood, suggesting it may have belonged to someone of lower social…
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