RKKA Badge for Excellent Shooting, 1938-1941.
Silver-plated brass, enamels; the pendant measures 45.0 mm
in height, 36.1 mm in width; overall height is approx. 75 mm
with suspension device and chains. The reverse of the
pendant is marked "Mondvor" in raised characters. The badge
is of extremely high quality.
In excellent condition, very uncommon for this early award.
The enamel is very well preserved overall. The red enamel on
the banner and scroll with inscription PKKA ("RKKA") in
particular is perfect and exhibits beautiful luster. The red
star has some microscopic hairlines in its upper portion,
but these are unnoticeable to the naked eye and do not
threaten the integrity of enamel. The white and black
enamels on the "bull's eye" have only microscopic contact
marks invisible without magnification, otherwise perfect and
show nice luster. The scarlet enamel on the suspension has a
single miniscule "pinprick" contact mark that resulted in
somewhat darker appearance of the tiny area around it,
otherwise free of detectable wear. The silver finish on both
sides is pristine, shows very attractive toning, and creates
full impression that the badge is made of solid silver.
The badge includes original, full length chain attachment
consisting of 10 links on either side and fully functional
pin on the reverse of the medallion. The screw post of the
suspension device is over 10.5 mm long, has not been
reduced. Comes with original screw plate in copper-plated
and nickel-plated steel mint marked "Mondvor" and serial-
numbered "21823"; the screw plate has areas of heavy
oxidation but most of its nickel finish is still intact.
Unlike the contemporary OSOAVIAKhIM badges which could be
awarded to civilians as well as servicemen, this was
strictly a military award (abbreviation RKKA stands for
Workers and Peasants Red Army, but starting from 1940 the
badge was also issued to Soviet Navy sailors). The
production of the badge stopped immediately after the German
invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and therefore
relatively few original, complete examples survived to these
/ Avers 8, p. 425, fig. 2010/.