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Sleeve Patch of a Member of the Soviet Union's National Olympic Team, circa 1970s-80s. Beautifully embroidered in bullion and silk. Excellent condition.

Goblet Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the October Revolution, 1927. Lithographed and embossed tin. A vivid example of early Soviet propaganda art. In very good condition, among the best examples we have seen.

Large Lenin Lacquer portrait box from Fedoskino, probably the most famous center for such work in Russia, dated 1960 and signed by the artist. This outstanding, relatively early example of Soviet propaganda art is in superb condition.

Lacquer Box with a view of Moscow Kremlin, by the Fedoskino artist V. P. Rogatov, signed and dated 1968. The image of the Spasskaya clock tower at dawn, a favorite subject of Soviet lacquer artists, is of stunning artistic quality - far above what we normally see on similar boxes. This hand-painted piece of Socialist Realism art is a true gem!

Ladies Kremlin Perfume Flask in hallmarked "875" silver and a 1968 maker mark. An elegant status symbol item possibly once used by a wife or daughter of a Communist Party VIP.

Ladies Compact in silver-plated brass, decorated with florals, circa 1950s-60s. This very elegant piece makes a full impression of solid silver. Includes original mirror. In excellent condition.

Small size Ladies Compact in silver-plated brass, circa late 1940s-1950s. Uncommon "Art Deco" design. Maker marked by the "30th Anniversary of the October" workshop in Kiev. In very good condition.

Elegant Vase in Milk Glass commemorating the VSKhV Agricultural Exhibition in Moscow, 1954-59. Double layered, with attractive artwork vignette of the emblem of the exhibit depicting a male and female collective farmers holding a sheath of wheat. In very good condition.

Elegant Vase in Milk Glass featuring the classic Horse Tamer statue in Leningrad, circa 1950s-60s. Double layered, with vignette showing one of the most recognizable of all Leningrad / St. Petersburg landmarks. An attractive and timeless piece in very good condition.

Vase in Milk Glass featuring young Soviet athletes, circa 1950s-60s.The artwork includes flags of the three branches of the Soviet armed forces and the arms conveying the message that the main purpose of sports in the USSR was to train soldiers. In excellent condition.

"Karlsson-on-the-Roof" Porcelain Wall Plate, Korosten Porcelain Factory, circa 1970s - 80s. The image of a popular cartoon character is instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up in the USSR (most don't know however that there is an unexpected twist to the Karlsson story!) In excellent condition.

Porcelain Dessert Plate "Little Boy on a Horse", Baranovka Porcelain Factory, 1973-1980s. A favorite motif of Soviet ceramicists was young children playing Civil War era soldiers.

Porcelain Dessert Plate Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the "Reunification" of Ukraine (Soviet annexation of eastern Poland in 1939), by the Korosten Porcelain Factory, 1949. A very uncommon plate in excellent condition.

The Glider Model Builder (Planeristka), circa 1930s-50s, a faience statuette of a Young Pioneer based on the 1930s design by D. Kovalenko.

"Don't Be Like That!" This poster from 1957 is a pictorial lesson in good manners. The meaning of the artwork may be lost on today's audience, but in the Soviet Union it was considered a moral obligation to yield a seat in public transportation to the elderly, especially women. Measures 17.5" x 22.5". In very good to excellent condition.

Desktop plaque with sculptured profile of Yuri Gagarin, world's first man in space, 1970s - 80s. Marked with the name of the acclaimed Soviet sculptor Sokolov who created the portrait and the logo of the Leningrad Mint. Includes a wire stand to display on a desk as well as a wall mount. In excellent, near mint condition.

Lady's Wind-Up Music Box with Storage Container for Jewelry or Trinkets. Featuring various buildings of the VDNKh Exhibition in Moscow, it plays a sentimental melody of the "Podmoskovnye Vechera" ("Evenings in Moscow Suburbs") every time the lid is lifted - apparently to put the owner in a romantic mood. A great piece of Soviet kitsch!

Lady's Compact "Greetings to the Participants of the Festival, Moscow, 1957", stainless steel and silvered copper. The Festival was the Sixth World Youth and Students Festival, one of the most massive propaganda events held in the USSR.

Moscow Kremlin silver gilt woman's compact, Leningrad Jewelry and Watch Factory; hallmark dates to either 1957 or 1967. Enameled plaque on the obverse shows a view of the Kremlin as seen from the Moskva River.

Candy tin from Kazan in the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (within the Russian SFSR), circa 1950s, originally held hard caramel candies called "Monpans'e".

The building of the Ukrainian Supreme Soviet decorates a tin for an unknown product, circa 1960s. Other prominent locations in Kiev decorate the sides of this container.

Svoboda Brand All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Tooth Powder Tin, 1959. Features a view of the main building of the famous VSKhV fairgrounds in Moscow.

Holiday greetings! Candy tin, circa 1950s-1960s. Typical item sold at candy counters for giving to friends and relatives at holiday time. Nice view of the Kremlin walls and the Moscow skyline with one of Stalin's skyscrapers added for good measure.

Tin from the famous Red October confectionery factory in Moscow, pre-1946. Located just across the Moskva River from the Kremlin, the factory frequently filled the entire area around Red Square with the aroma of chocolate!

All-Union Agricultural Exhibition Keepsake or Souvenir Box, circa mid-1950s. Features a view of the main building of the VSKhV fairgrounds in Moscow (later it became the famous VDNKh). Made of a bakelite type of plastic.

Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy or ВДНХ (VDNKh) Keepsake or Souvenir Box, circa 1959. Features a view of the main building of the VDNKh fairgrounds in Moscow.

Stalin Birthplace Shrine Sewing Box, Tbilisi-made, bone-colored plastic box, circa 1950.

Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz) holiday souvenir or keepsake box, circa 1950s. Made of a sturdy bakelite type of white plastic.

Silver cigarette case with Siberian woodland scene, 1954. Weighs a hefty 169 grams. Excellent condition.

Kremlin-themed Cigarette Case in hallmarked silver, by the Moscow Jewelry Workshop (AMYu), 1930-1940. Classic artwork features completely "non-political", timeless panorama of the Kremlin walls, turrets and grand churches as viewed from the Moskva River. A beautiful pre-war piece in superb condition.

Photo Album "Our Motherland", 1957. Massive "coffee table" book by the State Geographic Literature Publishing House. Hard-covered, very large 11" x 13.5" format, 312 pp. The text is in four languages: Russian, German, French, and English. This attractive publication was apparently intended for both Soviet citizens and foreign tourists. In very good condition.

"The Red Army Sings!" a recording of the Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble; "Latest Selected 12 Songs", six 78 rpm 10" records, produced in NYC during the 1940s from master recordings cut in the Soviet Union. Complete in original album.

Podstakannik tea glass holder in Melchior "nickel silver", 1970 limited edition commemorating the centenary of Lenin's birth. In excellent condition.

Podstakanniki Tea Glass Holders a matching SET OF TWO, Limited Edition in Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the USSR, 1972. Quality pieces in Melchior "nickel silver" alloy. Attractive artwork features the Spassky Clock Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and the domed Supreme Soviet building. Both are in excellent condition.

A pair of souvenir Volgograd podstakanniki, two teacup holders featuring Stalingrad's post WW2 name in English, Spanish, German, and Russian. Sturdy anodized aluminum construction. Circa 1970s-80s.

Cosmos Podstakannik metal tea glass holder features an allegorical female (Greek Goddess? Ethereal Collective Farmer?) launching a Sputnik from the Kremlin's threshold, circa late 1950s - 1960s. Made of Melchior, a "nickel silver" alloy traditionally used in Russia for fine art castings. In excellent condition.

Space exploration podstakannik celebrate the concept of a Soviet "Cosmos" by showing rockets, stars and planets. Sturdy aluminum construction with original, official Soviet era price of 1 ruble 70 kopecks stamped on the bottom. Circa 1960s.

Soviet Space exploration podstakannik, "Cosmos"-themed, attractively designed and sturdy metal tea glass holder, circa 1960s. Great item for display next to the family samovar in your dining room. Made of Melchior, a "nickel silver" alloy traditionally used in Russia for fine art castings.

Rooster Cruet Set in Porcelain, Gorodnitsa, circa 1962. A handsome pair, perfect for brightening a kitchen shelf. Very good to excellent condition.

Cast Iron Pressing Iron circa 1920s-1930s made by the "GPK" Factory in the city of Krivoi Rog in the Ukraine. Hinged top opens to allow a housewife or a tailor to insert hot coals. 7 1/8" tall, 4" wide, 7 3/4" long.

Porcelain Ashtray "Soccer", Dulevo Porcelain Factory, dated 1959. This extremely uncommon "Soviet Ambience" item from the period of the "Khrushchev Thaw" appears to be a throwback to much earlier era. In excellent condition.

Harvest, Collective Farmer / Peasant Girl pen and pencil holder, Lomonosov (LFZ), circa 1950s, very uncommon and hard to locate porcelain figurine of a young woman standing on the edge of a wheat field at harvest time. The perfect embodiment of Socialist Realism! Excellent condition.

To see a wide selection of the porcelain figurines once found in homes and offices all over the Soviet Union, please visit the Soviet Porcelain section of our website.


Rooster and Snail Porcelain Vase (or pen and pencil holder), Gorodnitsa Porcelain Factory, 1962-1970, perfect item for a country kitchen! 5 5/8" tall.

Rooster and Snail Porcelain Vase or Pencil Holder, Gorodnitsa, 1950-62, perfect decoration for your home in the country! 7 3/4" tall. Excellent condition. Ideal for keeping track of artists' brushes, too.

"Fish", a delightful holder for smaller kitchen utensils (wooden spoons, whisks, etc.) that evokes memories of all those talking fish in Russian folk tales, Korosten, circa 1955-1962. Alternatively: the perfect pen & pencil holder for a fisherman!

Oval wall plaque with bas-relief portrait of Russia's Greatest Poet, Alexander Pushkin, circa 1960s-70s manufacture. Molded in hard plastic with matte silver finish, this artful rendition in high 3-d profile can be a tasteful, discreet decoration for a study or collector's room. Includes provision to hang on the wall.

Attractive Cast iron Kasli statuette depicting a decorated Red Army soldier returning home to his daughter at the end of WW 2. Dated 1986.

For more of the popular metal figurines and busts frequently seen in Soviet homes, particularly sculptures with military, space, or even political themes, please visit the Soviet Statuettes & Busts in Metal section of our website.


Bust of Maxim Gorky, dated 1981, a likeness of the writer as a young man - before the Revolution changed everything and turned him into a major Communist cultural icon.

Sergei Yesenin (1895 - 1925), Large 8" tall bust in Silumin alloy, dated 1980. One of the most famous Russian lyrical poets of the first quarter of the Twentieth Century. Wrote his final poem with his own blood when he committed suicide in a room in Leningrad's Angleterre hotel...

The Girl With an Oar, circa 1930s, one of several statues or statuettes done on a similar theme to exhort Soviet citizens to exercise and be healthy.

Druzhinnik Armband, worn by civilian volunteers who helped the uniformed police with traffic control, circa 1980. In mint unissued condition, with original paper tag of a Soviet factory still attached.

Young Pioneer Membership tie or kerchief (galstuk). Unissued example with a 1990 manufacturer's tag still attached.

Young Pioneer Parade Belt, circa mid to late 1980s. The organization included almost all kids from 9 to 14 years, and was a steppingstone on the way to becoming a Komsomol member.

First Place Pennant for Tourist Camp Decoration, 22 & 23 May 1982. Artificial silk. 14" x 24", sleeve at the top for inserting a display rod

To see a large selection of the pennants and flags once awarded to Soviet citizens, please visit the Military, Propaganda and Awards Flags section of our website.


Award Pennant "For Outstanding Achievements in Labor on the Day of Lenin Communist Subbotnik", circa 1970s-80s. Lenin Subbotnik was a day of the year when Soviet citizens were expected to "voluntarily" work for free and thus build communism. A very uncommon award in excellent condition.