Excellence in the Navy badge, Type 1, #2826, circa 1939.
In silver and enamels, outstanding quality. Measures 28.9
tall including flagpole finial, 23.7 wide; weighs 6.7 g
without the screw plate. Features solid back construction
and mint mark "MD" to the reverse.
In very fine condition. The white enamel on the banner has
shallow surface chips (the biggest of them above the hammer
& sickle emblem, near the upper edge) - none of them very
noticeable. The blue and red enamels are intact and show
attractive luster. Details of the wreath and warship are
perfect and crisp. The original gold plating on the wreath
is still clearly visible. The screw post has been shortened
(apparently by the recipient himself for convenience, as was
customary) but approx. 6 mm remaining length is enough to
ensure proper functionality. Includes original screw plate
with "Mondvor" logo.
Interestingly, V. Borisov states in his book on Soviet
military badges that the Type 1 Excellence in the Navy
manufactured by the Leningrad Mint were in silver-plated
brass. However, based on our observations of the wear to the
early badges (including this example), they were in fact in
solid silver. This is confirmed by the "MD" mintmark
exclusive to the silver issues of other contemporary badges
such as Shock Workers of Narkomats.
/See Borisov, "Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 63;
also, "Avers 8" p. 426, fig. 2017/.