This is a Tudor silver-gilt hat badge, dating to the 16th century. These type of badges are a characteristic category of Tudor dress used to embellish the caps and hats of high-status individuals and are discussed by Gaimster et al (2002: 169-173). See also SUR-C6DA03, YORYM-589235, SWYOR-C08232 and NMS-AA0079 for further types and discussion.
This is an articulated example, partial-gilt and riveted to allow for the petals to move and shimmer (whilst being worn on the hat). For an excavated example it is in good condition but sadly missing the 'S' shaped hook on the back. This is one of a number of quality badges I recently acquired from a private collection.
OBJECT: Hat Badge
DATE: c. 1490 - 1590 A.D.
SIZE: 21mm x 5mm
WEIGHT: 4.76 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.
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