Silver pendant, possibly worn to identify hospital patients, France, 1800-1890

Made:
1800-1890 in France
maker:
Unknown

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Silver badge, possibly worn round neck to identify patients of the Marseille Hospice, artist unknown, French, 1800-1890

Patients of the Marseille Hospice in France during the 1800s reputedly wore this tiny pendant as a form of identification. It is made of silver and engraved on the reverse are the words ‘HOSPICE DE MARSEILLES’ and the number 1207. This is possibly a patient identification number. On the front is a head and shoulders image of a saint-like figure. His head is covered in a cap and mounted with a halo. The pendant was made by an unknown artist.

Details

Category:
Wellcome Medals
Object Number:
A676976
type:
pendant
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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