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    Order of Labor, Type 1, #926, 1950s issue.

    Order of Labor, Type 1, #926, 1950s issue.

    Silver gilt, enamels; 54.0 x 47.5 mm; weighs 49.5 g. Massive construction and magnificent quality are typical of the Soviet mint production of the period.

    In very fine condition. The enamel is well preserved overall. There are some deep scratches on the banner but no chips or significant flaking. The red enamel on the scrolls near the bottom has only microscopic contact marks, no significant wear. The enamel still retains its impressive appearance and luster. The original gold finish is very bright, practically perfect on both the wreath and center medallion. There are some minor dings and scratches to the outer ring of the medallion, but the raised details of the bas-relief are extremely well-preserved and crisp. The screw post is full length, approx. 14 mm. Original screw plate is included.

    The North Korean Order of Labor was established in 1951. This Soviet-inspired - and possibly Soviet designed - decoration was drastically changed in the 60s or 70s for a more bland traditional look. The early, Soviet-made pieces are extremely scarce.

    /See page 214 in "Military and Civil Awards of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" by Sessler & McDaniel/


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