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    Excellent RKKA Serviceman badge, #1905, circa 1939.

    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 eye.

    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/


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