Tudor silver gilt hat pin / badge lions head

Tudor silver gilt hat pin / badge lions head

Code: 11061


This is a complete Tudor silver-gilt hat badge, dating to the 16th century. The back of the badge retains about half of the original 'S' shaped pin, used to secure the jewel to a hat. These types of hooks are a characteristic category of Tudor dress accessory used to embellish the 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 depicts a nice well-modeled lions head. It is a good example from a private collection of Tudor hat pins. Rare!

OBJECT: Hat Badge


DATE: c. 1490 - 1590 A.D.

MATERIAL: Silver-gilt

SIZE: 14mm x 9mm x 9mm

WEIGHT:  1.78 grams

PROVENANCE:  Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.