Voroshilov Marksman Badge, OSOAVIAKhIM issue, large type,
Bronze-plated magnetic steel, enamels. Measures 48.9 mm in
height (from the bottom of the target to the highest point
of the banner), 39.8 mm in width. Two-piece construction:
the bull's eye target is a separate superimposed part.
Stamped serial number to the reverse.
In excellent condition, very uncommon for this early type.
The red enamel on the banner is extremely well-preserved
having only microscopic contact marks, no chips, flaking or
significant wear of any kind. The white enamel on the bull's
eye has no significant wear either, only some minor
discoloration spots. The wreath and lettering are well
preserved showing only minor wear to the high points; the
silver finish on the obverse is completely intact. Note that
the red enamel on the banner is somewhat crude and its
surface is uneven, but this is normal for an early badge
with low serial number - the enamel got more refined on
later issues of Voroshilov badges.
The copper screw post is original and full length, about 12
mm. It is somewhat bent but still perfectly sound. The screw
plate is of the period although probably not original to
this particular badge, and the screw post may have been re-
threaded to accommodate it. All in all, this is an
uncommonly nice example!
The large size, single level Voroshilov Marksman badges had
been issued for just 2 years after the start of the program
in 1932. In 1934, with the introduction of the two levels of
marksmanship proficiency, they were replaced by the two
smaller badges. The later versions were either plain for the
basic level or with the numeral "2" for the higher level.
/"Badges of USSR Defense Societies" A. Kalistratov, V.
Voronochnko, p. 54, fig. II #1, also "Avers 8", p.
315, fig. 1542.a/
Please note, penny in our photo is for size reference.