Brass, enamels; 48.0 x 38.3 mm. This version of the
elongated type by NKPS is less common than many others. It
features larger flames on either side of the mine, more
defined segments of the "scallop" ornament on top and
straight handle of the sickle. Not shown as a separate
variety in the Airapetyan's catalog.
Condition is excellent, absolutely outstanding for a badge
of this vintage. The enamel has only very minor scuffs and
contact marks, no flaking or other wear. The details of the
artwork are pristine. The gilt and silver finish on the
obverse are practically perfect although partly obscured by
patina; the gray finish on the border of the shield is
likewise practically untouched. The silver finish on the
reverse shows no wear. The screw post is full length, well
over 13 mm. Original NKPS screw plate is included (its fit
is slightly loose but it still works reasonably well).
This is a superb example through and through, practically
impossible to upgrade.
/Similar to Figure 1 on page 98 of the "Breast Badges of
the Red Army, 1941-1945" by Airapetyan/