The emblem of the Soviet Army continued to be actively used in the symbolism of the Russian Army until 1998.
Five-pointed star is an ancient symbol of protection and power.
The hammer and sickle was the main state emblem of the Soviet Union. Crossed hammer and sickle symbolize the unity of the workers and peasants in their peaceful creative labor.
Five-pointed star with the hammer and sickle is the symbol of the final triumph of the ideas of communism on the five continents of the globe.
Golden color is a symbol of generosity.
“You may become an archangel, a fool or a criminal, and nobody will notice it. But if you have lost a button – every one pay attention to it.” // Erich Maria Remarque
There are four main functions of buttons: the utilitarian (fastener), the decorative (ornamental), the magic (an amulet or a talisman), the informative (insignia). But only recently the button has become a collectible.
The decorative feature of the button was the main since the outset of its use, and only later they began to use it as a fastener. The utilitarian function always closely mingled with the ornamentality of the item, especially on outer clothing, footwear and headgear.
The semiotic function of the button as a distinguishing mark is realized in its distinctive parameters, such as shape, color, image or emblem on it, etc. In the most cases, buttons like that are fixed to the uniform clothing.
The development of the word “button” in the Romance and Germanic lines is similar to the extent that the most of the senses characterize its practical purpose as a clothing accessory.
The Slavic line of the development of the word offers two options. One is close to the European and explains the “button” by its shape – a bump, a bulge, a mound, etc. The second variant draws attention to the similarity in the formation of the Russian words “pugovitsa” (button), “pugat” (to scare) and “pugalo” (scarecrow). The latter version leads us to the magical function of buttons.