Pewter livery badge with a five arrow design: late 15th century
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Pewter badge of five arrows tied together with a belt. Three of the five arrows have barbed points and two are blunt. Retainers and household servants wore distinctive badges to identify themselves as being attached or beholden to a particular lord or even to the king himself. This badge depicts a bundle of arrows tied at the waist by a buckled belt. This design was typical of those used for hunting in the late medieval period. Wearing this badge would show your allegiance and loyalty to Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486-1502), brother of Henry VIII. This emblem was adopted by John of Gaunt in the 15th century and Prince Arthur in the 15th century.
1460 AD - 1500 AD