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Our pretty Snowflake is a copy of a brooch from the Netherlands. The
original was created sometime in the 14th or 15th century - it is not closely
dated. This brooch is a good choice for gifts to your non-re-enacting friends
or family. It comes with a glass stone in any of six colors: blue, red, purple,
yellow, bright green, or olivene - please specify.
HP2, no. 2038
The Dolphin is a replica of an early fifteenth-century heraldic badge.
The original badge, after which this was copied, was made in France. It would
have been worn by supporters of the Dauphin, the heir apparent to the French throne,
and it shows his badge of the dolphin. The date of the original is not known precisely,
but there is a good chance it was worn by the supporters of the future Charles
VII, the king helped to the throne by Joan of Arc. This is a spectacular three-dimensional
badge in deep relief. The eye is a glass stone, cast in place. This badge comes
unpainted, yellow/gold, or blue (in the heraldic colors of the dauphin's badge).
BR-63 Dolphin $7.00 plain; $8 painted
Early 15th century
Archer. Our latest archery-related brooch.
BR-59 Archer $5.00
HP2, no. 1647
The White Boar
was a badge used by Richard III and his supporters.
BR-60 White Boar
Charles Ross, Wars of the Roses, p. 11
Ragged Staff is another War of the Roses livery badge. The symbol was used
by the Earlsof Warwick, and the badge was worn by their men. The original after
which this was copied may have been the badge of Richard de Beauchamp, the thirteenth
earl. He made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1408-1410, and the cross on this
badge may commemorate that journey.
BR-56 Ragged Staff $10.00
PSSB, no. 287a
The Cat with Mouse
is a copy of an English badge. The banderole says "VISI MUS" - "look
at the mouse!"
BR-49 Cat with Mouse $5.00
is a copy of an English brooch.
BR-50 Owl $5.00
763; Salisbury 269
Tiny Cock. We just had
to call it that, OK? It's super cute, and really quite small, just about 3/4 of
an inch (2 centimeters) tall.
BR-58 Tiny Cock $5.00
love token from the Netherlands - the banderole reads "AMOUR."
BR-54 Plumes $5.00
HP1, no. 1006
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Quatrefoil with Stone
are amazingly proud of this Quatrefoil Brooch with Stone (a copy of a 15th- century
piece), because the glass stone is cast directly into the brooch - the first time
we made this trick work. Aside from that, it's just plain gorgeous!
Quatrefoil Brooch with Stone $6.00
CLUNY, no. 481
Key. The English original may be a pilgrim sign (Westminster Abbey, for example,
is dedicated to St. Peter, whose sign is a key) or it may just be one of those
brooches that reproduce in miniature the equipment of everyday life.
BR-57 Key $5.00 plain; $6.00 painted
The original of this
multi-part Wreath with Rose brooch had a flower insert. We supply it with
a rose, and painted to bring out the detail and it make a beautiful token of love
and esteem. The inscription on the scroll that winds its way around the wreath
is an abbreviated version of "Amor omnia vincit" - "Love conquers
BR-41 Wreath with Rose $15.00
Wreath adapted from
HP1, no. 825
Moon brooch is copied from a late 14th-century original in our collection.
Other examples have been found in the Netherlands.
From an original in our possession and HP1, no. 914
are quite common in archeological finds; they may be pilgrim signs for some kingly
saint or just refer to the idea of royalty.
BR-39 Crown $5.00
HP1, no. 121; HP2, no.1540
cutest love tokens we sell is this AMOURS brooch. It is a copy of a Netherlandish
original from around the turn of the 15th century.
HP1, no. 850; HP2, no. 1000
M is an equivocal brooch - the letter M may refer to the Blessed Virgin, or
it may stand for Minne - courtly love. The crown, of course, is appropriate for
BR-46 Crowned M $5.00
HP2, no. 1972
probably know by now that we love the little devils who inhabit the strange underworld
of medieval popular culture. Here is an especially cute one, the Devil with
a Horn. He also has a meathook, and he is a copy of a Netherlandish brooch
from the 14th century.
BR-45 Devil with Horn $5.00
HP2, no. 1701