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    Excellent Cook badge, by the MTKh Factory, late 1940s.

    Excellent Cook badge, by the MTKh Factory, late 1940s.

    Brass, enamels; 45.7 x 37.0 mm. An early post-war version by the MTKh, so-called "First Unifed" version according to the Airapetyan's classification /see Airapetyan, "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945" , p. 125, fig. 3/. This version features high domed center medallion and well- defined scrolls of the top ornament forming a downward pointing triangle in the middle. The red enamel is of superb quality, typical of the MTKh issues. This variation of the Excellent Cook badge is quite scarce: it is rated 4 out of 5 for rarity by Airapetyan.

    In outstanding, excellent condition. The red enamel on the center medallion has several miniscule contact marks that are almost unnoticeable to the naked eye, otherwise perfect. The red enamel in the lower part of the badge is perfect. The white band has tiny amount of rubbing and microscopic contact marks only, no other wear. The enamel on all parts of the badge fully retains beautiful original luster. The details are perfect and crisp. The gilt finish is exceptionally well-preserved, essentially pristine on both the obverse and reverse having just a tiny amount of patina on the field kitchen and highest points of the wreath. The screw post is full length, over 11 mm, and comes with original screw plate marked "MTKh Enamels Factory". Overall, an exceptionally well-preserved piece and in our opinion, impossible to upgrade.

    Item# 34706


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