Badge of Office

By 1728, over a million letters were being delivered a year. Mail delivery was becoming increasingly important and therefore, mail carriers needed a badge of office. This brass token bearing the King’s Arms was distributed in order to identify Royal Mail employees.

The Postmaster General’s order stipulated ‘That every Letter Carrier whose Walk is within London, Westminster, or Southwark, shall, as a Badge of his Employment, wear a Brass Ticket upon some (the most visible) Part of his Cloathing, with the King’s Arms upon it, which Ticket he is always to wear whilst he is upon Duty.’