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    Excellent Military Driver badge, mid 1940s.

    Excellent Military Driver badge, mid 1940s.

    Brass, enamels; 44.7 x 36.0 mm. This Pobeda Factory variation is believed the earliest variation of the Excellent Driver's badge. Features domed center medallion with a pattern of vertical lines under the red enamel. The truck is a ZIS-5 model, and the road is paved with well- defined cobblestones. A very distinctive top ornament consists of five scrolls and a small triangle pointing up; the latter is less sharply defined than on the other, more common Pobeda Factory versions. Note also another feature characteristic of this specific sub-variation of the early Pobeda Factory version: the top of the second vertical line in the Cyrillic character Ы reaches the white band around the medallion.

    In very fine to excellent condition, far better than the average for a Soviet military badge of WW2 era. The enamel has only a small number of minor contact marks a few tiny flakes to the white band that are practically invisible to the naked eye, and a single scratch in the center that is not too noticeable or detractive. There are no chips or glaring damage of any kind. The red enamel still shows very attractive luster. The details of the truck and wreath are extremely crisp, and a good amount of the original silver finish is still clearly visible in their recessed areas.

    There is verdigris oxidation on the reverse, not too detractive and not affecting the obverse of the badge in any way. The screw post measures about 11.5 mm in length, has not been reduced. Comes with a period screw plate which fits perfectly and may be original to the badge.

    /See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945, p. 119 fig. 1/.

    Item# 36230


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