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    RKKA Badge for Excellent Shooting, 1938-1941.

    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 nice quality.

    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 days.

    / "Avers 8", p. 425, fig. 2010/.


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