RKKA Badge for Excellent Shooting, 1938-1941.
Silver-plated brass, enamels; the pendant measures 45.0 x
36.0 mm; overall height is approx. 82 mm with suspension
device and chains. The reverse of the pendant is marked
"Mondvor" in raised characters. The badge is of extremely
In excellent condition, very uncommon for this early award.
The enamel is extremely well preserved everywhere showing
only a couple of microscopic contact marks that could be
barely found even under 10x magnification. The red enamel in
particular is perfect and exhibits beautiful luster (a tiny
unfilled area at the tip of the upper arm of the star is a
manufacturing imperfection, not a chip or result of wear.)
The badge includes original, full length chain attachment
and fully functional pin on the reverse of the medallion.
The screw post of the suspension device is over 11 mm long,
has not been reduced. Comes with original screw plate in
copper-plated and nickel-plated steel mint marked "Mondvor"
and serial-numbered "2397165".
Unlike the contemporary OSOAVIAKhIM badges which could be
awarded to civilians as well as servicemen, this was
strictly a military award (abbreviation RKKA stands for
Workers and Peasants Red Army, but starting from 1940 the
badge was also issued to Soviet Navy sailors). The
production of the badge stopped immediately after the German
invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and therefore
relatively few original, complete examples survived to these
/ "Avers 8", p. 425, fig. 2010/.