Medieval Pewter Charm Holders and Pendants from Billy and Charlie
The Middle Ages seems to have had as strong a taste
for gewgaws and costume jewelry as any period of history. One expression of this
desire for glitzy personal decoration was the large number of small brooches meant
to hold charms (in the sense of charm bracelets), religious items, and other small
pendants - and the pendants themselves. Here is a representative collection of
these items paired together.
No enlarged picture for this one! See the individual items for blow-ups.
When you order charms and hangers for them, we supply pewter S-hooks to attach
them to each other. Let us know if you would like us to do the connecting (and
what goes with what!).
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Charm Holder with a Flower exists in numerous examples, including two in
BR-12 Charm Holder with a Flower $3.00
1 x 5/8"
or 25 x 17mm
* van Beuningen, no. 706, 991,
993, etc.; Cluny, no.435-453
|The 15th century original of the Hand of God Charm Holder is a
sew-on pilgrim sign; we have adapted it as a brooch. The authentic one was found
with a little tower, probably a sign of Saint Barbara, hanging from it. |
Hand of God Charm Holder $3.00
7/8 x 3/4" or 21 x 15mm
van Beuningen, no. 46
original of the Fleur de Lis Charm Holder is at Salisbury and dates from
the first half of the 15th century.|
BR-29 Fleur de Lis Charm Holder
7/8 x 5/8" or 24 x 16mm
|The Rose Charm Holder is copied from several examples in the Musee
de Cluny. |
BR-28 Rose Charm Holder $3.00 plain, $4.00 painted
x 3/4" or 27 x 20mm
* Cluny, no. 474-477
Charm Holder. This warlike sea-dweller is copied from a Netherlandish example
from the first half of the 15th century.|
BR-14 Merman Charm Holder $5.00
* van Beuningen, no. 601
|The Charm Holder
in the Form of a Wreath is an adaptation of the idea of a brooch from which
to suspend any small object. |
BR-13 Charm Holder in the Form of a Wreath
7/8 x 5/8" or 24 x 17mm
Members of the SCA may be interested as well
in our Pelican brooch.
What to Hang from these Great Charm Holders!