This extraordinary 15th-century solid-silver chain belonged to a German marksmen’s guild of St George. It was worn on high days by the Marksman King, the title given to the winner of the annual jay shoot event: the shooting of a wooden bird.
The chain consists of 20 identical shackles with a Burgundian fire steel. The medallion made by leaves and flower in ajour work is topped by a statuette of St Christopher. Under the medallion hangs a concave curved chest plate. It serves as a niche for two plastic statuettes on a pedestal, one of them the guild’s patron, St George fighting the dragon.
The whole is completed by a crowned bird referring to the jay shoot.