Excellent RKKA Serviceman badge, #1905, circa 1939.
Gilded brass, enamels; 37.8 mm tall, 28.3 mm wide. The first
version of the badge featuring flat upper portion of the
reverse and counter-relief in the lower part. Note the very
low serial number: this specimen is clearly among the first
issued soon after the introduction of this Red Army enlisted
man's award in 1939. The serial number is engraved in
characteristically angular, so-called "geometric" style.
In very fine to excellent condition, well above average for
any Soviet military badge of early WW2 / pre-Patriotic War
vintage. The red star has a tiny chip to the upper arm and
some miniscule flakes, but this is almost unnoticeable
without magnification. The enamel on the red scroll and the
white enamel on the plaque with hammer & sickle emblem have
microscopic surface flakes but appear perfect to the naked
The details of the obverse are very well preserved and crisp
showing only mild wear to the raised points. There is
attractive toning to the brass throughout, no blemishes.
Traces of the original gilt finish are clearly visible in
recessed areas on the obverse. The screw post is full
length, well over 11 mm long. The unmarked screw nut is of
the period and fits perfectly, although it may not be
original to this particular badge. Judging by its matching
patina, it has been with this badge for decades.
/See "Avers 8", p. 426, fig. 2016; also Borisov,
"Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 61/