Excellent Baker badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 44.9 x 36.2 mm. This is the second of the
two earliest variations of the badge, produced by the ZhRPT
factory. Features five scrolls in the ornament above the
shield forming a wavy top edge.
In very fine condition. The enamel shows moderate, even
surface wear and a few very small flakes but none of the
usual penetrating chips; still has very impressive
Details of the wreath and loaves of bread are very well
preserved; much of the original silver finish is still
present. Traces of the fragile gray finish on the edge of
the shield are clearly visible. The silver plating on the
reverse is almost completely intact. Comes with an early
NKPS screw plate which may be not original to the badge but
There have been probably fewer issues of the Baker badge
than of any other in the WW2 proficiency series.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
127, fig. 2/.