The Shakespeare badge.
Named for William Shakespeare, who is believed to have borne the knot as an insignia.
The Shakespeare knot, a type of decorative unknot, is a heraldic knot. It is a derivative of the Bowen knot and closely akin to the Dacre knot. The knot is most notable for its appearance on the Shakespeare badge.
A signet ring preserved in Stratford-upon-Avon said to have belonged to William Shakespeare bears the knot, where its lower dexter and sinister loops entwine a W (for William) and an S (for Shakespeare).
- Burgess, Joseph Tom (1884). Knots, Ties and Splices: A Handbook for Seafarers, Travellers and All Who Use Cordage, with Historical, Heraldic and Practical Notes. Oxford: G. Routledge and Sons. p. 12.