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    Badge in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Cavalry Army, #0536, 1969 issue.

    Badge in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Cavalry Army, #0536, 1969 issue.

    In silver-plated brass, gilt and enamels. The pendant measures 52.6 mm in height (incl. the eyelet) x 36.0 mm in width; weighs 18.4 g including the suspension device. The suspension has raised mint mark "MMD" (Moscow Mint) on the reverse. The pendant has rotating tool-engraved serial number. This badge is not only of impressive size but also of outstanding quality.

    In excellent condition. The enamel on the suspension has only some miniscule contact marks and some microscopic hairlines, no chips or significant wear. The enamel on the pendant is perfect. The enamel retains beautiful luster throughout.

    The badge was issued to one of the few surviving veterans of the First Cavalry Army. Led by its commander Semyon Budyonny, this unit played a decisive role in several key battles of the Russian Civil War, in particular against the Baron Vrangel's White forces in the south of Russia and the Polish Army in the west (The trademark Red Army budyonovka cloth helmet shown on the badge was named after the charismatic leader of the 1st Cavalry). Very few veterans were still alive in 1969 to celebrate the anniversary of the army, so very few badges were ever issued and even fewer of them numbered. Only 1000 veterans received a numbered badge in 1969 with some additional unnumbered badges issued at a later time. This Civil War veteran's award is a very interesting and uncommon piece.

    Item# 35866

    $375.00  

     
       
     
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