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Hat badge with St George and the dragon c. 1520

RCIN 442208

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Bonnets, worn throughout the Tudor period, were often accessorised with a hat badge pinned to the turned-up brim, as seen for example in the miniature of Henry VIII by Horenbout. This example demonstrates the complexity that such items could achieve. St George holds a sword above his head with a blue-skinned dragon at his feet. A tiny princess kneels to one side, while in the distance is a walled town.