Excellence in Signal Corps badge, ZhRPT Factory, mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels; 45.8 mm x 37.3 mm. Early type featuring
elongated shield and domed center medallion. Upper scrolls
form a wavy outline on the top edge of the badge. This
version is listed as NKPS production in the Airapetyan's
book, but we believe that this particular piece was made by
the ZhRPT Factory.
In very fine condition. The enamel is very well preserved
overall, free of any glaring damage. There red enamel in the
center has only small scratches and contact marks, no chips
or significant flaking. The red enamel in the lower portion
of the shield is perfect. The red enamel still shows very
attractive luster both in the center and lower part of the
badge. The white band has a small, very narrow chip along
the outer edge at approximately 9 to 10 o'clock segment, not
too noticeable. There are also a few tiny flakes and rubbing
to the white enamel throughout.
The details of the wreath are nicely preserved and crisp.
Almost all of the original grey finish along the edge of the
shield is intact. Note the off-center location of the screw
post, which is observed sometimes on badges produced in
haste during the war years. The screw post is full length,
approx. 12 mm, and comes with a perfectly fitting wartime
screw plate marked "ShED - ZhRPT" which is correct for this
badge and possible original to it.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
110, fig. 4/.