Order of Soldier's Honor, 2nd cl, Type 1, circa early 1950s.
Silver gilt, enamels, 49.5 x 47.4 mm; weighs 35.0 grams not including the screw plate. This beautiful Type 1 piece is in solid silver and shows the trademark quality of the Soviet mint manufacture. Like most early DPRK orders manufactured in the Soviet Union, this is probably an award of the Korean War era.
In excellent condition. The enamel is extremely well preserved and has nice luster; shows only a couple of microscopic contact marks but no wear visible to the naked eye. The details of the center medallion and wreath are exceptionally crisp; the original gold plating on the wreath and edges of the shield is still present and clearly visible. . The screw post if full length, approx.. 14 mm.
Design of this order was obviously inspired by the Soviet Order of Patriotic War. Established in 1950, it was awarded exclusively by DPRK Supreme People's Assembly Standing Committee to guerrilla unit members and People's Army soldiers for combat valor.
/See page 199 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler & McDaniel/