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    Order of Soldier's Honor, 1st cl, type 1, Soviet-made screw back, circa early 1950s.

    Order of Soldier's Honor, 1st cl, type 1, Soviet-made screw back, circa early 1950s.

    Silver, gold plating, enamels; measures 49.4 mm in height x 47.7 mm in width; weighs 34.1 g without screw plate. Unlike the second class of the Order of Soldier's Honor, the first class features gold plating on the starburst. The reverse has a single horizontal dash under the screw post (as opposed to the second class that has two dashes of different length).

    Very fine to excellent condition. The gold plating has thinned on a few of the bolt heads around the shield but is still clearly visible on the laurel leaves and the rays of the starburst. There are a few light scratches to the red enamel of the top arm of the star but no cracks or flakes. The screw post is full length, nearly 14 mm, and comes with original screw plate.

    Design was obviously inspired by the Soviet Order of Patriotic War. Established in 1950. First class was awarded only by DPRK Supreme People's Assembly Standing Committee to guerrilla unit members and People's Army soldiers for combat valor. They were apparently quite difficult to earn judging by the rarity of this award - compared even to the relatively scarce Soviet-made second class of the same order.

    /See page 193 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler & McDaniel/


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