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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
no. 1059; adapted.
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
an illuminated manuscript, c. 1440
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
HP1, no. 4-16; HP2, no. 1039-1041
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
121; HP2, no.1540
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
HP2, no. 2035
Thomas Bell. One
of the many pilgrim signs available at Canterbury.
P-32 Thomas Bell
Mitchiner 136, 137
St. George Pendant
P-37 St. George Pendant $5.00
HP2, no. 1161
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
PSSB, no. 265a
St. Gertrude of Nijvel
P-36 St. Gertrude $10.00
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
Hammer. Saint Eloi (or Eligius), the patron of amorers, goldsmiths, farriers,
and others who work with hammers, is represented here by his attribute.
St. Eloi's Hammer $3.00
HP2, no. 1122
St. Werburga $5.00
Mitchener, no. 651-652
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.
Virgin of Rocamadour $5.00
PSSB, no. 245b
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
P-27 Vernicle $6.00