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    Animating Membership Badge Showcase 
     Home > SOVIET BADGES > Badges of the Early Soviet Volunteer Organizations

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    "Down With Illiteracy" Society, membership badge, 1927 issue.

    "Down With Illiteracy" Society, membership badge, 1927 issue.

    In silver-plated copper and enamels; measures 28.7 mm in height (incl. flagpole finial), 32.1 mm in width. The badge is in characteristic Constructivist style of the period, featuring Lenin wearing a trademark fedora cap and an open book showing the dates 1917 - 1927 and name of the organization. Note the red star covered globe at Lenin's feet (to play with?)

    In very fine to excellent condition - outstanding for a Soviet badge from the 20's. The enamel is very well preserved overall. The red enamel has a tiny, nearly unnoticeable chip in the upper left corner of the banner above Lenin's head and a few internal hairlines, but is otherwise intact, with beautiful luster. The white enamel is essentially perfect, with microscopic contact marks only.

    The flagpole finial is bent; this is greatly exaggerated in our enlarged photos but not very noticeable "in real life". The details of Lenin's figure and globe are perfect and crisp, and some of the original silver finish is present it the recessed areas of the obverse throughout. The silver finish on the reverse is nearly pristine. The screw post is original and of full near full length, 8 mm. Comes with a very scarce original screw plate.

    /"Avers 8", p. 340, fig. 1660; see also "Badges of Volunteer Societies of the USSR" p. 293, fig. 12.5/


    $380.00  

     
       
     
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