Badge for Excellent Artillery Readiness, #12472, 1936-1941.
Brass, enamels; measures 38.7 mm in height, 39.0 mm in
width. Two-piece flat back construction. The serial number
is engraved in characteristic angular, so-called "geometric"
style of the period. This specimen has much darker
appearance compared with most others we've encountered,
obviously due to larger copper content. The wires holding
the parts together are hammered to look almost like rivets.
In excellent condition. The enamel on the star is
exceptionally well preserved, free of any visible wear and
shows very attractive luster. The black enamel in the
letters is likewise perfect. There is minor amount of wear
to the binoculars and cannon, but their details are still
relatively well-preserved. The remnants of the original
gold plating on the background is visible near the star.
The reverse shows many dings but the serial number is
completely intact. The characteristically thin and long
screw post has not been reduced and measures nearly 14 mm in
length. Comes with original wing nut maker marked
This version of the artillery proficiency award was
manufactured only until the beginning of the Patriotic War
in 1941. Unlike the similar badge For Excellent Artillery
Readiness, the badge didn't have a distinct post-war
/"Avers 8", p. 426, fig. 2015l; Borisov, "Badges of
the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 57/