Badge for Voyage to England, Sverdlov, 1953.
Brass, enamels; 33.3 mm wide x 24.9 mm tall (measured from
the bottom of the wreath to the top of the flagpole); weighs
8.0 g without screw plate. Outstanding quality throughout.
Excellent condition. The enamel is extremely well preserved
and shows only minor wear and some barely visible hairline
cracks in the white enamel near the upper right corner, not
detracting. Details of the cruiser and the wreath are
nicely defined. The screw post is full length, over 10 mm
measured from its base. Comes with original mint marked
This badge was awarded exclusively to the crewmen of the
light cruiser Sverdlov which arrived to Great Britain
to participate in the naval procession at Spithead honoring
the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
A very rare and interesting award relating to both the
height of the Cold War and the Queen's Coronation.
Coincidentally, this is also the very first Soviet naval
badge established after WW2.
/ See Borisov's "Badges of the Armed Forces" fig. 146/.