Harness pendant of Nicholas Fitzmartin

Photo: Surrey County Council CC By SA2.0
Object type: Harness Pendant
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 21/04/2022
Location: Moulsford, Oxfordshire


A heater shield shaped harness pendant dating to 1250 – 1400. The design is thought to be that of the FitzMartin family. The label azure of five points indicates that this is the shield of the eldest son. This allows a speculative attribution to Sir Nicholas Fitzmartin. He went on the eighth crusade with the future Edward I and was awarded arms in 1270.