Description This morse, or clasp, was once sewn onto a bishop's cope (ceremonial robe). The two heraldic shields, added later, represent the arms of Léon and Castile (left) and England (right). These shields suggest that the clasp was adapted for use on a luxurious cape worn by either Eleanor of Castile (d. 1290) or her husband, King Edward I of England (d. 1307).
- A Medieval Treasury from Southern Collections. Ackland Art Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill. 1961.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by purchase; Sale, Paul Chevallier and Charles Mannheim, April 17, 1893, no. 276; Caspar Bourgeois and Stephen Bourgeois, Cologne; Bourgeois Sale, Cologne, October 19, 1904, no. 395; Henri Daguerre, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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