Silver pendant, possibly worn to identify hospital patients, France, 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.
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