A badge , also known as an emblem , is a sign of identification made of fabric , plastic and / or metal , in the form of patches , pins , epaulettes , shields and the like. Ä. Can exist. It can indicate an activity , a function , a rank or grade , an achievement or membership of a community (e.g. city , group, tribe , association , organization , opinion ) or it can also be used for decoration and jewelry .
Use of terms
In general, the term badge is mainly used in relation to achievements or (earned) membership of a person in a group (e.g. badges of merit or rank ), whereas an emblem is not awarded for achievements, but often relates to advertising and design owns (e.g. brand emblem ).
Protection of state badges
In Germany , badges are protected by law that identify government functions, professions or the like. The misuse of badges is punished as an offense according to StGB . However, the badges and their representations are in the public domain as such .
As a badge you in animals referred to different coat colors such. B. as innate identifying features in horses .
Sleeve badge of a border guard mountain guide of the Federal Police (Germany)
Badge for special training of the THW from 1994 (functional badge )
Epaulette of a general in the Bundeswehr (rank badge)
Porsche AG emblem (trademark)
- List of membership and function badges
- Strap buckle
- Strap bridge
- Button (badge)
- Digital badge
- Parachutist badge
- National emblem
- Orders and decorations
- Party badge
- Police star
- Badge of rank
- Job badge
- Association badge
- Association badge of the Air Force
- List of association badges of the Bundeswehr
- Affiliation badge
- coat of arms