Medieval London

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This image is a photo taken of the side of a bone ice skate. With this view it can be noted that the ice skate is of a beige to light-brown color, since the bone would not have been painted, and that the bone looks a bit worn. Also, that the ends of…

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This bone ice skate image is of an artifact that can be viewed at the Museum of London Archives. This medieval bone ice skate is of a beige/light-brown color, and is oblong and thin in size and shape. From the curved point at the end of the bone, it…

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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…

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In this illuminated manuscript, Henry I sits on his throne mourning the loss of his son. Below him, there is a genealogical table of his children, Matilda and William, along with a sketch of the sinking White Ship. Henry I's blue cloak is fastened…

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A scabbard contained in the Museum of London collection is composed of leather and exhibits some decoration in the form of simple lines created through impression. Though the scabbard is tattered and worn, it still contains its original wooden…

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A livery badge, or heraldic badge as it is also called, is a distinctive badge usually worn by retainers and household servants indicating their allegiance to a particular lord.This particular badge comes from the late medieval period. It is the…

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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…

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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…

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This image is of the spectacles on display at the Museum of London. With brown and beige coloring, these bone-framed lenses are most likely from the metacarpal bone of a bull. Although not currently on the spectacles, theses glasses originally had…

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Made in the late fourteenth century, this black leather shoe is 255 millimeters in length, which indicates that it probably belonged to an adult male in medieval London. Because the mouth of the shoes rests below the ankle, this shoe is best-suited…
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