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St. Catherine of Alexandria successfully debated theology against 50 pagan philosophers, and is the patron of scholarly - and disputatious - women.The sign is based on several incomplete examples; if the Cluny book had been available when I made this sign, I would have known the complete sign from the example at Prague. We also offer a smaller sign of St. Catherine, the wheel of her martyrdom by itself.

P-14 St. Catherine of Alexandria $10.00
2-3/4 x 1-3/4" or 70 x 42mm
# Cluny, no.159; Lamy-Lassalle, fig. 5

 
 

   

The Three Hosts of Wilsnack sign exists today in enormous numbers; the only shrine to rival it in surviving examples of souvenirs is Canterbury. Pilgrims would have bought one of these when visiting Wilsnack, the site of a famous miracle in 1383: after the church burned, three hosts (communion wafers) were found unharmed on the altar. The cult ended in 1522, when a bad-tempered Protestant burned the relics. This sign is meant to be sewn onto a garment; there is no pin for attaching it. Following information in a contemporary painting about the original appearance of these badges, we have added red paint to each of them, a drop on each 'wafer' to commemorate the miracle.

P-7 Three Hosts of Wilsnack $3.00
1-3/8 x 1-1/4" or 35 x 32mm
* van Beuningen, no. 130-137

Our Lady of Boulogne. The Virgin was venerated at Boulogne because an unmanned boat carrying her statue sailed into the harbor there in 633 A.D. In this pendant sign the statue is shown with its hand on the tiller to indicate that the Virgin is steering the boat. This sign is meant to be sewn to a garment or suspended from a small brooch with a ring.

P-8 Our Lady of Boulogne $3.00
1-3/4 x 1-3/8" or 43 x 34mm
* van Beuningen, no. 440

 

  St. Margaret, who endured much on her path to martyrdom, is shown in this copy of a French 15th century sign bursting out of the dragon which had swallowed her. The hem of her dress is still trailing from his mouth. Because of the quick way in which she was delivered from danger, she is the patron saint of pregnant women.

P-2 St. Margaret $5.00
1-3/4 x 1-1/4" or 45 x 32mm
* Lamy-Lassalle

This Hunting Horn may be a secular decoration, but it is probably a sign of the veneration of St. Hubert, who had a vision of the Crucifixion while hunting. It is copied from an early 15th century Netherlandish example. This sign is also intended to be sewn on or suspended.

P-15 Hunting Horn $3.00
1-1/4 x 1-3/4" or 34 x 44 mm
* van Beuningen, no. 935

 

  This pilgrim's sign of the Head of John the Baptist is a copy of one from Amiens, where the saint's relics can still be seen today. This sign is meant to be sewn on.

P-5 Head of John the Baptist $5.00
1-1/4 x 1-1/4" or 32 x 32mm
* (I have misplaced the information on our source - let you know soon!)

Scallop Shell. Because Santiago a Compostello was the quintessential pilgrimage destination of the early Middle Ages, its souvenir - a scallop shell - became symbolic of pilgrimage in general. The original of this little shell, probably actually was from Santiago, the pilgrim badges from which are found all over Europe.

P-21 Scallop Shell $3.00
3/4 x 5/8" or 20 x 17mm
* van Beuningen, no. 220

 

 
St. Michael. A copy of a 15th C. sign from Mont St. Michel, the island stronghold that still serves as a shrine to the archangel who "loves high places."

P-22 St. Michael $5.00
1-1/8 x 5/8" or 28 x 20mm
* Cluny, no. 280


St. Eloi, also known as Loi, Eligius, and Aloyisius, is the patron saint of blacksmiths, farriers, and other metalworkers. He is shown in this sew-on sign blessing a pilgrim to his shrine at Noyon. Copy of a 14th C. sign.

P-25 St. Eloi $5.00
1-3/4 x 1-1/2" or 44 x 38mm
* Pilgrim Signs, no. 238b

 

 
When St. Dorothy was being taken to her execution a bystander asked, as a joke, that she send him some of the treasures of paradise. Immediately after her execution a child appeared with a basket full of flowers and apples.

P-23 St. Dorothy $5.00
1-1/4 x 1-1/8" or 32 x 30mm
* Salisbury, no. 131


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