Tudor silver gilt hat badge

Tudor silver gilt hat badge

Code: 11059


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-C6DA03YORYM-589235SWYOR-C08232 and NMS-AA0079 for further types and discussion. 

This example is in excavated condition, sadly missing the 'S' shaped hook so characteristic of this type of object. It does retain a few suspensions loops for use of a chain or hanging pearl drops or to be sewn onto the hat.

OBJECT: Hat Badge


DATE: c. 1490 - 1590 A.D.

MATERIAL: Silver-gilt

SIZE: 19mm x 10mm 

WEIGHT:  4.18 grams

PROVENANCE:  Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.