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    Voroshilov Marksman Badge, OSOAVIAKhIM issue, large type, #132383, 1932-1934.

    Voroshilov Marksman Badge, OSOAVIAKhIM issue, large type, #132383, 1932-1934.

    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.


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