Excellent Artillery Man badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 44.4 mm x 35.8 mm. This very early
variation features smooth top ornament with less defined
scrolls than the later versions. There is no ornamental
pattern under the red enamel, making this version similar
to the Type 1 with superimposed hammer & sickle. There are
other similarities with the early type guaranteeing that it
was apparently produced immediately after Type 1, most
likely in 1943. Consensus opinion among collectors is that
this version of the badge is of Moscow's Pobeda Factory
manufacture, although the Type 1 was produced by the Foto-
Yuvelir Workshop (also in Moscow). Note that the screw
plate of this particular badge - undoubtedly original - is
marked "Foto-Yuvelir". Judging by the similarities in
their output, the two factories were probably closely
affiliated and it is entirely possible that one could use a
screw plate from another.
In very fine to excellent condition, far better than the
average for a combat proficiency award of WW2 period. The
enamel shows light surface wear, scuffs and contact marks
throughout, but no chips or significant flaking. The red
enamel in lower portion has a couple of hairlines that are
nearly unnoticeable. The details of the wreath and cannon
are nicely preserved and crisp. A good amount of the
original silver finish on the reverse is still present. The
screw post is full length, approx. 14 mm. Comes with a
scarce original screw plate marked "Foto-Yuvelir, Moscow"
(this screw plate strikingly resembles the early 24 mm
version of the Pobeda screw plate).
/Airapetyan,"Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945"
, p. 88, fig. 2 (attributed to NKPS factory, probably