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    Badge of the ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), Northwestern Chapter, 1923 issue.

    Badge of the ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), Northwestern Chapter, 1923 issue.

    Silver, enamels. Measures 33.1 mm in height, 36.5 mm in width; riveted multi-piece construction. Elegant badge in early Constructivist style, of fine workmanship. This is the first version of the Northwestern ODVF badge featuring the date "1923" inside the red star (as opposed to the later, 1924-25 version of the same badge which had the letters "CCCP" [USSR] instead.)

    On the obverse on the handle of the hammer near the star is Imperial style "Kokoshnik" 84 silver hallmark (used only until 1926) with a Greek character Alpha designating the Petrograd (St. Petersburg) assay inspection. There is also a Cyrillic maker mark ИЗ ("IZ") in the same location. Near the tip of the sickle is a round assay inspection mark with "Kokoshnik".

    The badge is in excellent condition, outstanding for a Soviet award from this period (before the formation of the USSR). There are some tiny contact marks and scratches to the blue enamel, but they are nearly unnoticeable to the naked eye and certainly not detractive. The red enamel on the star has a tiny imperfection on the top arm which is clearly a manufacturing flaw, not a result of damage; other than that it is essentially perfect, showing beautiful luster and having only a couple of microscopic contact marks. The details of the airplane are pristine and beautifully crisp. The badge shows very attractive dark patina throughout. The attachment wires are intact and tight. The screw post is approx. 7.5 mm long; it has been reduced for convenience as is often the case, but its remaining length is more than enough to ensure proper functionality. The badge comes with original silver screw plate showing the matching "Kokoshnik" hallmark.

    The badge was awarded for donations or active participation in the Northwestern Chapter of the society which included Petrograd (later Leningrad) region. /See "Avers 8", fig. 1416.c/


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