This badge shows the head of St John the Baptist on a plate being supported by a figure flanked by two others holding candles. Badges of this type were sold to pilgrims visiting Amiens Cathedral, where a relic fragment of the skull of St John the Baptist was housed. Pilgrims’ badges were a symbol of the relationship between the saint and the pilgrim who had undertaken the journey to the relic and were conventionally worn on the individual’s hat or bag.
A badge very like this one was found in Perth, Scotland. John the Baptist was the town’s patron saint.