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LOT 1638

Estimate
GBP (£) 40 - 60
EUR (€) 47 - 70
USD ($) 53 - 80

Sold for (Inc. bp): £83

Medieval Three Lions 'Royal Arms of England' Heraldic Horse Harness Pendant

14th-15th century AD

A heater shield-shaped horse harness pendant with integral suspension loop; the field in red enamel with three reserved lions passant gardant; traces of gilding. 9.8 grams, 37mm (1 1/2"). Fair condition. [No Reserve]

Provenance
From an Essex antiques gallery; formerly in a 1980s private collection.

Literature
Cf. Ashley, S., Medieval Armorial Horse Furniture in Norfolk, East Anglian Archaeology 101, Dereham, 2002, items 50, 51 and 67.

Footnotes
The royal arms of England were gules, three lions passant gardant or from 1198 AD to 1340 AD and again from 1360 AD to 1369 AD; from 1340-1360 under King Edward III they were quartered with the arms of France Azure semé of fleurs de lys or and this style continued until 1395 AD.