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Badge, Tudor Rose

Artist: Unknown English Artist Primary
Date: 1401-1500
15th century
Dimensions: 1.06 x 0.88 x 0.19 in. (2.7 x 2.22 x 0.48 cm)
Object Type: Badge
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Tin
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William and Toni Conte, 2002 (2002.306.9)
Accession Number: L2013.13.09
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Originally worn by medieval knights in tournaments, badges were worn on clothing by a ruler’s supporters and dependents. In the fourteenth century, they were widely distributed by kings and lords. The Hart badge was designed for the followers of King Richard II of England (1367-1399). His livery emblem was a white hart, or stag.

Royal badges depicting the Tudor Rose became popular after King Henry VII ended the Wars of the Roses. This emblem was officially recognized after Henry’s marriage to Elizabeth of York in 1486, which united the Houses of Lancaster and York. The Tudor Rose, a symbol of the family’s power, was carved into buildings and embroidered on clothing. The emblem is still used today on the uniforms of the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London and the English 20 pence coin.


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Objects bearing special or distinctive marks and worn for decoration or to signify affiliation. Originally, badges were heraldic symbols worn as identifying marks by a knight and his retainers, e.g., a badge of arms. In later use, the term refers to any distinctive device, emblem, or mark worn to indicate a person's affiliation, rank, office, name, or membership in an organization or support for a cause, particularly objects that comprise small pieces of metal, card, plastic, etc., that bear a distinguishing design or words.
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