Newest Goods from Billy and Charlie

Well, many of you know that we have been claiming for years that we would do a site update "almost immediately." And it's been going on so long that we are not just embarrassed but horrified at what it would take to update the site. So, as an intermediate step, which at least lets you all find the great items you have seen in person - or figure out what we've got if we've never had the pleasure of meeting you - here are our latest goods, never before on the website. We are still adding items, some of the descriptions are a little shy, and there are no blow ups yet, but you may want to look at:
•   Pilgrim Signs and Religious Goods
•   Brooches
•   Ring Brooches
•   Carnival Badges

Now, just to be clear:

means we introduced the item in 2006
means it is new to our website, but has been around a couple of years, and
means it is a disgrace it is just going onto the website.

Enjoy!

Let's start with pilgrim signs:

Belt Fittings
 
Pilgrim Signs & Religious Goods

 
Brooches & Pendants
 
Household Goods, Toys, etc.
 

Newest Goods
•   Religious
•   Brooches
•   Ring Brooches
•   Carnival Badges

Billy and Charlie
 
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Belt Fittings
 
Pilgrim Signs & Religious Goods
Brooches & Pendants
 
Household Goods, Toys, etc.
 
Newest Goods
•   Religious
•   Brooches
•   Ring Brooches
•   Carnival Badges
Billy and Charlie
 
Order Now!
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Belt Fittings
 
Pilgrim Signs & Religious Goods

 
Brooches & Pendants
 
Household Goods, Toys, etc.
 

Newest Goods
•   Religious
•   Brooches
•   Ring Brooches
•   Carnival Badges
!

Billy and Charlie
 

Order Now!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 


St. Barbara
is the patron saint of gunners, and she protects her supplicants against lightning. For that reason, in this adaptation of a late 15th-century copper alloy pendant, we have supplied the loop at the bottom of the saint's pedestal with a piece of coral - described in contemporary lapidaries as protecting against lightning. We figure you can't be too safe!

P-39 St. Barbara $15.00
HP2, no. 1059; adapted.
1450-1500

 


Catherine of Cleves's Cross.
If you have ever seen the exquisite Hours of Catherine of Cleves, you may have noticed the rosary depicted in one of the borders. This is an interpretation of a pendant cross attached to that rosary. Catherine's was of gold with pearls and coral; ours is of pewter with glass beads - but it is much more affordable!

P-40 Cross (Catherine of Cleves) $10.00
Adapted from an illuminated manuscript, c. 1440


St. Adrian.
An incredible number of pilgrim signs of St. Adrian have been recovered in the Netherlands; this is a copy of one of them. Adrian was a Roman army officer in Nicomedia who converted to Christianity and was martyred. The Golden Legend contains a long narrative of the incredible tortures he endured, including being beaten to smithereens with a hammer on an anvil - like those he is shown carrying. Adrian is the patron of soldiers, smiths, and butchers.

P-41 St. Adrian $10.00
HP1, no. 4-16; HP2, no. 1039-1041
1450-1500


Miracle-Working Spring at Blomberg
. Well, this is something really unusual - a pilgrim sign which does not show a saint. Instead, it shows the witch Alheyd Pustekoke. In 1460 she stole 45 consecrated hosts from the Church of St. Martin in Blomberg. She then panicked, and threw the hosts into the well in the center of the marketplace. The well became a miracle-working shrine and the popular pilgrimage it inspired helped build a new monastery, dedicated in 1468. Alheyd Pustekoke, however, was burnt for sacrilege.

P-42 Blomberg $8.00
HP1, no. 121; HP2, no.1540
1475-1525



Seal of Solomon.
Better known today as the Star of David (or Mogen David - Shield of David), and recognized as a symbol of Judaism, the six-pointed star (or hexagram) was accepted in the Middle Ages by Jews, Christians, and Muslims as a powerful symbol. This copy of a 14th-century brooch is made in two pieces, with an inset bezel and glass stone. We can supply it in the following colors: blue, red, yellow, purple, bright green, olivene.

BR-62 Seal of Solomon $6.00
HP2, no. 2035
1325-1375



Thomas Bell. One of the many pilgrim signs available at Canterbury.

P-32 Thomas Bell $10.00
Mitchiner 136, 137
1330-1380


St. George Pendant

P-37 St. George Pendant $5.00
HP2, no. 1161
1350-1400

 

St. Andrew.
The patron of Scotland is depicted in one of the very few pilgrim signs from that country. The original after which this was copied is not firmly dated but may well be a very early pewter sign - late 13th or early 14th century.

P-38 St. Andrew $5.00
PSSB, no. 265a


St. Gertrude of Nijvel

P-36 St. Gertrude $10.00
HP2, no. 1127
1475-1525

 
 



Holy Blood of Boxtel.
Boxtel, in the Netherlands, was the site of one of the famous eucharistic miracles of the late 14th century. The priest Eligius Aecker knocked over the chalice during the Mass. Although he had used white wine, it turned red as it ran over the altar cloth. Aecker was frightened, and hid the altar cloth until he was on his death bed. When the authorities investigated, they found the stain on the cloth was still blood - and was still fresh. The veneration of the cloth was officially approved in 1380, and the cloth has been displayed annually up to the present time.

P-34 Holy Blood of Boxtel $5.00
HP2, no.1543
1380-1425



St. Eloi's Hammer
. Saint Eloi (or Eligius), the patron of amorers, goldsmiths, farriers, and others who work with hammers, is represented here by his attribute.

P-33 St. Eloi's Hammer $3.00
HP2, no. 1122
1475-1525

 

 

St. Werburga

P-35 St. Werburga $5.00
Mitchener, no. 651-652



Badges of this form, celebrating Our Lady of Rocamadour, were among the very earliest produced, and are known from the 1160's up to 1500. In contemporary documents, they are called sportelles, or sportulae (in Latin), from sporta, the pilgrim's scrip or purse. The original from which this one is copied is no earlier than 1300 and probably no later than 1400; closer dating is not possible.

P-30 Virgin of Rocamadour $5.00
PSSB, no. 245b

 

 

Sts. Peter and Paul at Rome.
From a shrine in Rome, St. Peter is represented by the key, of course, and St. Paul by the sword.

P-28 Sts. Peter and Paul $5.00
Cluny, no. 308
15th C



The Vernicle

P-27 Vernicle $6.00

 


On to New Brooches!