Livery Badges

During the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance, soldiers and household retainers wore livery badges to identify their allegiance. Sometimes embroidered on fabric, livery badges were also made from base and precious metals, appliquéd or even painted on paper, fabric or parchment.

Here we offer three embroidered 15th century badges- the Fire Steel of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Whyte Boar of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Richard III) and the "Sun in Splendor" of Edward IV.

Badges are based on period designs and come in 2 styles: “Silk” is colorfast, shrink proof rayon thread which mimics silk without the fading, bleeding or rotting which can be a problem with real silk. “Bullion” badges are richly embroidered of couched metal thread with “silk” accents. All badges are cut to shape with finished edges, ready to be stitched to your garment. “Silk” badges have a special backing which allows them to be permanently applied with a hot steam iron if desired.

Livery badges may be displayed anywhere, but historically most are seen on the outside of the upper left sleeve, on the left breast, or applied to a bend or scarf and worn over the shoulder. Our badges can be used to add historical flair to tents, banners, pennons, hats and hoods, heraldic clothing, pouches, pillows and household furnishings, book covers, horse trappings, bardings and saddle covers, sword scabbards- the list is nearly endless!

These designs are made exclusively for Historic Enterprises by a professional embroidery firm. We are happy to provide custom designs for societies, households and other groups. There is a minimum order of 12 pieces for custom work, and your design must be submitted in .jpg format for price quote and production. Please contact us for details info@historicenterprises.com .



Badge, Livery, Burgundian Firesteel, Metal Bullion

Badge, Livery, Burgundian Firesteel, Metal Bullion

The fire steel Livery badge of the Dukes of Burgundy, from Philip Le Bon to Charles Le Temeraire (the Bold). Hand made in fantastic gold-tone metal...

$19.95

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Badge, Livery, Lion Passant

Badge, Livery, Lion Passant

The quintessential symbol of royalty through the ages, this impressive badge will add a regal note to livery, horse caparisons or saddle cloths --...

$19.95

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Badge, Livery, Sun in Splendour, Metal Bullion

Badge, Livery, Sun in Splendour, Metal Bullion

Used by Edward IV of England during the Wars of the Roses, circa 1460-83. Hand made in fantastic gold-tone metal bullion couchwork. Fully trimmed and...

$19.95

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Badge, Livery, Burgundian Firesteel, Satin thread

Badge, Livery, Burgundian Firesteel, Satin thread

The fire steel Livery badge of the Dukes of Burgundy, from Philip Le Bon to Charles Le Temeraire (the Bold). Fully trimmed and ready to affix....

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Earl of Warwick

Badge, Livery, Earl of Warwick

The Bear and Ragged Staff have been associated with the earls of Warwick since at least as early as the 14th century. The bear was a common heraldic...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Gloucester ''White Boar'', Satin thread

Badge, Livery, Gloucester ''White Boar'', Satin thread

The "Whyte Boar" of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later King Richard III) from the 1470's. Fully trimmed and ready to affix. Complete...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Lancaster Red Rose

Badge, Livery, Lancaster Red Rose

During the Wars of the Roses (15th century) the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster were the emblems of the Royal houses of York and...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Sun in Splendour, Satin thread

Badge, Livery, Sun in Splendour, Satin thread

Used by Edward IV of England during the Wars of the Roses, circa 1460-83. Fully trimmed and ready to affix. Complete with "iron-on" fusing...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Tudor Rose

Badge, Livery, Tudor Rose

During the Wars of the Roses, the White Rose was the symbol of Yorkist partisans opposed to the rival House of Lancaster, whose symbol was the Red...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Yorkist White Rose

Badge, Livery, Yorkist White Rose

During the Wars of the Roses (15th century) the White Rose of York (Rosa alba) and the Red Rose of Lancaster were the emblems of the Royal houses of...

$14.95

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Badge, Livery, Falcon

Badge, Livery, Falcon

The falcon or hawk signifies someone who is hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired. It is frequently found in the coats of arms of...

$9.95

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