CROZIER AND CROOK

The crozier and the pastoral staff or crook, the former appertaining to the archbishops and the latter to the bishops and in olden time to the abbots, are among the decorative symbolic episcopal relics. Many of these, both ancient and modern, are beautiful examples of the silversmith's art, and some are embellished with gold and precious stones. Some of the examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum are very fine, others are retained not so much for their value as works of art as for their historic interest, and for the personal associations connected with them, such, for instance, the ancient crozier of William of Wykeham, still kept at New College, Oxford, of which college he was the founder.