Medieval London

Livery Badge

Dublin Core

Title

Livery Badge

Subject

Clothing and Personal Accessories

Description

A livery badge, or heraldic badge as it is also called, is a distinctive badge usually worn by retainers and household servants indicating their allegiance to a particular lord. This particular badge comes from the late medieval period. It is the device of Arthur Prince of Wales, the son of Henry VII and brother of Henry VIII. It depicts five arrows held tied together by a belt. Two of the arrows are blunt, and three are pointed with barbed tips that were typical of medieval hunting arrows. It is 60 mm in length and made of lead. The badge is very plain and made of a fairly cheap material, indicating that it was probably worn by one of the Prince’s servants or retainers. It was excavated at Bull Wharf, Upper Thames Street in London, and is currently on display in the Museum of London.

Publisher

http://archive.museumoflondon.org.uk/medieval/objects/image.htm?rid=56208&size=3&pid=4&oid=28842

Date

Late Medieval/Early Modern (1485-1600)

Contributor

Mary-Kate Rame

Rights

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/collections-management-policy

Type

Still Image

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Livery Badge

Physical Dimensions

H 60 mm

Files

Collection

Citation

“Livery Badge,” Medieval London, accessed November 19, 2017, http://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/78.
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