pilgrims badge

Small badges made from a lead-tin-alloy and sold to pilgrims in places of pilgrimage during the Late Middle Ages.

Distinguishing sign of the Saint James pilgrims (pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela) was the scallop shell. Either real shells or replicas were worn on clothing or on equipment.
Pilgrim's badges are usually found in rivers or in the ground, but were also often cast onto bells.

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