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This is a complete Tudor silver-gilt hat badge, dating to the 16th century. The back of the badge is intact with the '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-C6DA03, YORYM-589235, SWYOR-C08232 and NMS-AA0079 for further types and discussion.
This example was likely given as a Valentines 'love gift', as it is shaped with a heart with an inscription in Black-letter script (possibly once enameled). Rare and interesting item from an old collection of Tudor hat jewels.
OBJECT: Hat Badge
DATE: c. 1490 - 1590 A.D.
SIZE: 19mm x 11mm x 10mm
WEIGHT: 2.05 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex-Private Collection, Wiltshire.