It’s always nice when something turns up that you have been hoping for some time you would find. Andrew Thompson said the find pictured here had been on his wish-list for 11 years prior to its discovery. It’s a shield-shaped enamelled harness pendant, which is likely to date from the 14th century.
The enamelled face has a chequer board pattern with two horizontal bars across. The colours are difficult to identify but Andrew said they were predominantly red and blue. I could not trace an exact match but the Cheine or Chenquy arms were very close.
These things seem invariably to be described as pendants for the harness furniture of a horse. However, as I’ve pointed out before, they could have been worn by retainers of landowners as a badge of office. The suspension loop on this pendant is broken but still attached. The enamel is a bit flaky but most of it is still intact, so the overall condition isn’t too bad.
I have found only one of these in 25 years of searching. When it came up it was covered in mud and I resisted the temptation to clean it up until I arrived home. However, when I eventually removed the mud the whole surface of the pendant had been eaten away by corrosion