Pilgrim Badge: Thomas Becket Ampulla
This circular cast pewter pilgrim badge, called an ampulla because its shape resembles that of a Roman flask, was found in the bed of the River Avon in Salisbury, during works. It has the image of St Thomas à Becket lying in state and holding a cross.
The reverse shows the assassination of Becket by Richard Le Bret. The circular framework is cast with the letters OPTIMUS EGRORUM MEDICUS FIT TOMA BONORUM : ‘Thomas is the best doctor for our worthy sick’.
- Mitchener, M., 1986, Medieval and Secular Pilgrim Badges’ Hawkins Publications, ISBN 13: 9780904173192