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    Excellent Firefighter badge, by TsS VVOO, circa mid to late 1940s.

    Excellent Firefighter badge, by TsS VVOO, circa mid to late 1940s.

    Brass, enamels; 44.2 x 36.6 mm. Three-piece construction: the center medallion and the nozzles & torch emblem are separate, superimposed parts attached by wires. This early and very rare version of the badge was produced by the TsS VVOO factory (Central Council of the All-Army Military Hunters Society). It features domed center medallion, top ornament consisting of six scrolls with wavy upper edge, and characteristically thick sickle in the hammer and sickle emblem. This version is one of the hardest to find among the Excellent Firefighter badges and is consequently rated 5 out of 5 (very rare) in the Airapetyan's reference guide.

    In outstanding, excellent condition and should be considered superb for any badge of the "WW2 Combat Proficiency" series. The enamel shows magnificent luster and is essentially perfect, free of even the slightest flaking, rubbing or other flaws. The only signs of wear are a few microscopic contact marks that are completely invisible to the naked eye. The nozzles and torch emblem and the wreath likewise show practically no wear, their details are perfect and exceptionally crisp. Original gilt finish is clearly visible in recessed areas of the wreath and is pristine on the reverse of the badge. The wires holding the parts of the badge are fully intact and tight. The original screw post is full length, nearly 13 mm. The screw plate maker marked "ShZ ZhRPT Factory" is of the period and fits perfectly, although it is probably not original to this particular badge.

    /Airapetyan,Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941- 1945, p. 132, fig. 3/.

    Item# 36180


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