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    Excellence in the Navy badge, Type 1, #2826, circa 1939.

    Excellence in the Navy badge, Type 1, #2826, circa 1939.

    In silver and enamels, outstanding quality. Measures 28.9 tall including flagpole finial, 23.7 wide; weighs 6.7 g without the screw plate. Features solid back construction and mint mark "MD" to the reverse.

    In very fine condition. The white enamel on the banner has shallow surface chips (the biggest of them above the hammer & sickle emblem, near the upper edge) - none of them very noticeable. The blue and red enamels are intact and show attractive luster. Details of the wreath and warship are perfect and crisp. The original gold plating on the wreath is still clearly visible. The screw post has been shortened (apparently by the recipient himself for convenience, as was customary) but approx. 6 mm remaining length is enough to ensure proper functionality. Includes original screw plate with "Mondvor" logo.

    Interestingly, V. Borisov states in his book on Soviet military badges that the Type 1 Excellence in the Navy manufactured by the Leningrad Mint were in silver-plated brass. However, based on our observations of the wear to the early badges (including this example), they were in fact in solid silver. This is confirmed by the "MD" mintmark exclusive to the silver issues of other contemporary badges such as Shock Workers of Narkomats.

    /See Borisov, "Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 63; also, "Avers 8" p. 426, fig. 2017/.


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