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    Badge for Excellence in Socialist Competition of Craft Cooperatives (Promkooperatsiya) of Latvia, Type 1, #315, early 1950s.

    Badge for Excellence in Socialist Competition of Craft Cooperatives (Promkooperatsiya) of Latvia, Type 1, #315, early 1950s.

    Brass, enamels, 34.4 mm tall x 32.5 mm wide. Massive 2-piece construction with superimposed star. This is an extremely high quality badge, a definite standout even among the badges of the period.

    Very fine to excellent condition. The exposed enamel in the star has minor, barely noticeable surface contact marks and few internal cracks which are typical for this badge. The enamel is perfect otherwise and retains magnificent luster. The details are likewise intact; the original gilt finish is practically untouched. Includes original screw plate marked in Russian "Riga Engraving Workshop, Promkooperatsiya Agency, city of Riga."

    The badge was awarded for excellent work in small semi- private workshops such as photo studios, tailor and cobbler shops, laundries etc. Enterprises of this kind were combined under the single term Promyslovaya Kooperatsiya which can be loosely translated as Cooperatives of Cottage Industries. This was the only rudiment of capitalism and the last vestige of Lenin's New Economic Policy allowed to survive through the Stalin's reign. The Promkooperatsiya was officially abolished in 1955 when all small cooperatives came to the direct control of the state like the rest of the economy.

    /"Avers 8", p. 203, fig. 1015/


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