In later Plantagenet days, badges were of considerable importance, and certain characteristics are plainly marked. They were never worn by the owner- in the sense in which he carried his shield or bore his crest; they were his sign-mark indicative of ownership; they were stamped upon his belongings in the same way in which Government property is marked with the broad arrow, and they were worn by his servants.

A Complete Guide to Heraldry by A. C. Fox-Davies, p. 454

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