Secular pewter badge:
Time period: 14th – 15th Century
Product Dimensions: 1.9cm width x 2.0cm height
In the medieval period the cockerel was universally recognised as a symbol of lust and lechery, the young men of London reputedly wearing cockerel badges to advertise their virility.
The cockerel also has strong religious significance, being symbolic of vigilance; hence its common use as a weathervane, turning in all directions to watch for the powers of evil.