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The Angel with Heart is copied from a 15th century British example. Like its naughty cousin, Big Mr. M, it has the overall M-shape which was the pattern for a great many medieval brooches, both devotional and amorous. A beautiful love token!

BR-18 Angel with Heart $6.00
1-7/8 x 1-3/8" or 46 x 34mm
* Mitchiner, no. 558

 

  The Letter A brooch is a humble example of the type worn by Chaucer's Prioress - A for Amor - and there are numerous extant brooches of this sort in pewter, copper alloy, and precious metals. This brooch is copied after an example in Van Beuningen's collection, and dates from the turn of the fifteenth century.

BR-31 Letter A $5.00
1 x 7/8" or 24 x 22mm
* van Beuningen, no. 963

 

The Pierced Heart is a copy of a 15th century Netherlandish brooch in the van Beuningen collection. In fairness, we want you to know that this item is not of our normal high quality. It was a very early piece and its mold was made out of very bad, grainy rock. It is suitable if you are creating a character/persona who gets cheap presents from their leman - or if you want to collect this piece of the history of forgery before we replace the mold.

BR-6 Pierced Heart $5.00
1-1/4 x 7/8" or 33 x 25mm
* van Beuningen, no. 905

 

  The Fede Brooch (Ring Brooch with Clasped Hands) is an adaptation into pewter of silver and gold brooches shown in Lightbown. The inscription reads in medieval French, "ie sui ci en liu dami" - I am here in place of a friend.

BR-9 Fede Brooch $5.00
$6.00 painted
1-3/8" or 37mm
~ Lightbown

The Hand Holding a Flower is a copy of a 15th century brooch now at Salisbury. This is a delightful gift of friendship or thanks.

BR-5 Hand Holding a Flower $5.00
1 x 1-1/2" or 26 x 36mm
* Salisbury, no. 319

 

 
The Large Heart is a beautiful brooch, copied from a French example of the first half of the 15th C. It is an excellent example of the use of pewter to imitate more expensive jewelery - in this case a ring brooch with a pin which is here shown in its entirety. In the precious metal brooch, the pin would actually dip into and out of the wearer's clothes and hold the brooch on.

BR-34 Large Heart $5.00
1-5/8 x 1-3/8" or 41 x 34mm
* Cluny, no. 584


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