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A medieval armorial brooch or pendant from Baynards Castle

Tony Wilmott

Thirteenth-fourteenth century deposits excavated on the Baynards Castle site in 1972 (Museum of London sitecode: BC72) yielded a curious iron object which is interpreted as a brooch. Fixed to it is a small copper alloy shield decorated in enamel with an heraldic device: gules, three lions passant guardant or, a label of three points charged on each point with two fleurs-de-lis or. These arms are those of the Earls of Lancaster, their earliest known appearance being on a late 13th-century seal.

[Transactions 33(1982), pp 299 – 302; abstract by Francis Grew, 09-Dec-1997]

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