Badges, Badge Pins, Badge
Plates, Belt Buckles and Buttons are the symbols of recognition.
They either indicate the identity or indicate the Authority on whose
behalf they are issued.
Government and Semi-Government
organizations issue the Badges etc. to their Officials, so
that when they move out in public for their official duties
they are recognized as representatives of such organizations.
Official Badges of Postal department are the examples of such
In British times and the
times of Indian Princely States (IPS), the Badge Plates (Which
are bigger than Badges in size) and Belt Buckles were issued
to Chaprasis (Peons), Charwahas (Cow Boys), Watchmen or Guards,
Messengers, Attendants etc. They were metal plates made of
either Brass or for higher officials of Silver. On them the
names of the office and of the State are written along with
the year. Thus they were the symbols of the State Authority
under which the bearers were authorized to perform their official
duties. This provides us with History and thus becomes an
interesting subject of collection.
Prior to Independence, during British and Indian
Princely State (IPS) Rule, the British and State armies were wearing
Cap Badges and Buttons for their identity. Such Cap Badges and Buttons
were depicting State Coat-of-Arms or symbols of Sovereignty. Collection
of Military Cap Badges and Buttons is a very well accepted subject
of hobby amongst collectors. Over and above the Military Buttons,
Royal Buttons of certain States are also available sometimes. Moreover,
during the Freedom Movement, Buttons of National Leaders were available
and people used to wear the Buttons of their National Leaders. All
these items are interesting for collection.
The Clubs and Associations issued the Badges or
Badge Pins to their members in recognition of their valid memberships.
Membership Badges of Turf Clubs of India, Cotton Merchants Association
of Bombay, Bullion Merchants Association of Bombay and Share Brokers
Association of Bombay are examples of such Badges.
Sometimes Badges and Badge Pins are issued to the
delegates who attend certain Conference or who become the participants
of some Expedition or Sport event.
All these items are the subject matter of this
category. Some specimens of all such items are shown here.