OSOAVIAKhIM membership badge, Type 2, 1941.
Bronze-plated steel, enamels; 34.0 x 28.1 mm. This is the
second, larger type of the OSOAVIAKhIM membership badge.
This one is by far the scarcer of the two versions: it was
produced for only less than half a year in 1941, until the
In excellent condition. The enamel has what appears to be a
tiny surface flake at the bottom of the second "C" but this
is just as likely to be a manufacturing imperfection and at
any rate, unnoticeable to the unaided eye. The black dot on
the white enamel to the left of the gasmask is definitely a
factory flaw, not a result of impact or wear. Otherwise
perfect, with beautiful luster to enamel and very nicely
preserved bronze plating on the metal parts. Some of the
fragile original silver finish is still clearly visible on
all less exposed areas, especially the cogwheel and hammer.
The screw post has been slightly reduced as was customary
but its remaining length of over 6 mm is enough to
accommodate the screw plate. The unmarked screw plate is of
the period, fits well, and quite likely, original to the
/"Avers 8", p. 305, fig. 1502; "Badges of Volunteer
Societies of the USSR" p. 16, fig. 1.6/