Secular pewter badge: Stylised Dolphin
Time period: 15th Century
Product Dimensions: 3.1cm width x 3.0cm height
Although not one of the most common medieval symbols, the dolphin is symbolic of love, speed, and as king of the fishes was seen as saver of the shipwrecked. As a mariners friend, dolphin badges such as this were perhaps most likely to have been worn as protective symbols by sailors or fishermen.
The dolphin was also adopted as a badge by the French Dauphin Charles (the future King Charles V).