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Badge - The Order of Sant' Iago

The Order of Sant' Iago

  • Object:

    Badge

  • Place of origin:

    Portugal (made)

  • Date:

    1862-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woollen cloth and paper, cut

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Sir J. C. Robinson

  • Museum number:

    A.7-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Order of Knights of Sant' Iago was originally founded in 1170 to protect pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostella. A Portuguese branch of the order was founded in 1290. In 1862 this order became an Order of Merit awarded to Portuguese and foreigners for achievement or noted service in the fields of science, literature and the arts. Membership of the Order was awarded to John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), curator, scholar and collector, who worked at the V&A in its earliest days and was a very important figure in the formation of the collections. This cloth badge in the form of the Order of Sant' Iago was given to him in his lifetime. It was perhaps made for stitching to a cloak or other garment to signify the owner's membership of the Order.

Physical description

Scarlet ornament of woollen cloth cut in the shape of the badge of the Order of Sant' Iago

Place of Origin

Portugal (made)

Date

1862-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woollen cloth and paper, cut

Dimensions

Height: 45 mm, Width: 30 mm

Object history note

This badge was given to J.C. Robinson during his lifetime.
Given to the museum together with A.1 to A.6 and A.8 to A.14, by Gerald Robinson.

Historical context note

The order of Sant' Iago started as an order of Knights founded in 1170 to protect pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. A Portuguese branch was founded in 1290. In 1862 this order became an Order of Merit for Portuguese and foreigners for services in the fields of science, literature and the arts.

Descriptive line

Badge, scarlet cloth in the form of the Order of Sant' Iago, Portuguese, 19th century

Materials

Wool; Paper

Subjects depicted

Awards

Categories

Coins & Medals; Textiles

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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