Badges and insignia were produced for a
wide variety of institutions and
organisations, many of them marvellous and
attractive works of art, as well as being of
great historical interest.
The collection of Russian badges and
insignia includes decorations for graduates of
military academies and schools, universities
and institutes; regimental and official
decorations; official insignia for members of
various societies; commemorative badges
represented in official documents by counters
and numerous interesting private badges for
the various institutions mentioned above.
The Soviet state produced numerous badges
and insignia (there are over 25,000 in the
collection) both as awards for outstanding
workers (shock-workers and Stakhanovites),
and to commemorate festivals and contests.
These were mainly produced at the mints in
Moscow and Leningrad. There are also large
collections devoted to particular subjects,
such as the chemical industry of the USSR, to
the theatre, ballet and opera.
An important collection covers the insignia of
masonic lodges and a large range of masonic
attributes: cross-belts, collars with symbolic
representations, and numerous papers, such
as the regulations of lodges and certificates
Foreign badges and insignia are represented
by contemporary souvenir and
commemorative material, of particular interest
being a group of commemorative badges for
graduates of the Free University of Brussels.
If you enjoyed this collection, you might want to also visit the other collections at the State Hermitage Museum.
Badge of the Society of the Blue Cross
Badge of the Society of the Universal Assistance to Victims of the War and Their Families
Badge of the Horseguards Regiment, honouring the 25th Anniversary of Imperial Patronage