Badges & Souvenirs
Acquiring a badge or souvenir as a keep sake, a talking piece, one up man ship, or simply to remind oneself of happy memories of places visited and experiences of journeys previously undertaken. Today we use a camera or telephone to take photographs, but one wonders if the plethora of digital photographs will be as collectable in the future.
The cult of saints affected everyone in medieval Europe, and a voracious souvenir market was one of its consequences. This is again, an area not widely prospected amongst collectors as it deserves to be. Pilgrim badges provide an opportunity to acquire an attractive series of medieval works of art in lead or pewter that have a fascinating story to tell.