Jewelry from Medieval Europe
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Agraffe (clasp) used to fasten a cloak or mantel. This exceptional example is in perfect condition. The birds in translucent enamel closely correspond to enamels created about 1300, that are now in the cathedral treasury of Cologne and that inspired the Cologne goldsmith Gabriel Hermeling.
English fourteenth-century silver brooch decorated with eight heraldic shields, including the royal arms of England pre-1340, Beauchamp, de Clare and de Bohun; inscribed in Latin 'Iesus Nazarenus Rex Judeorum'/'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews', and French, 'Mon Quer Avet'/'You Have My Heart'. (British Museum)