Dneprostroy Badge, #1346, 1932.
Silver, enamels; measures 22.5 mm in height; 22.7 mm in
width. Superb quality throughout. Variation featuring serial
number stamped on the reverse of the badge rather than on
the screw plate.
In outstanding, excellent condition. The dark blue enamel
shows only a few tiny, almost unnoticeable flakes near the
support pylons of the dam; the damage is significantly less
than on nearly all other Dneprostroy badges that we have
handled. The couple of "bare" areas near the base of the
pylons appear to be manufacturing imperfections, not chips.
The enamel elsewhere shows only a few tiny contact marks and
light scratches still retaining its beautiful luster and
translucency. The details of the dam are extremely well
defined. Comes with original silver screw plate.
Although technically not an NKVD badge, it was awarded
almost exclusively to NKVD prison guards who supervised
construction of the Dneproges hydroelectric dam. The dam was
considered the cornerstone project of the First Five-Year
Plan and one of the most important parts of Stalin's
industrialization program. The working conditions of the
prisoners on the Dneprostroy were especially inhumane,
whereas the dam was promoted by media around the world as a
great marvel and magnificent achievement of socialist
/"History of Awards and Insignia of Russian MVD, 1802 -
2002", p. 110, fig. 18.104.22.168; "Avers 8", p. 73,