Excellent Rifleman badge, circa late 1940s - early 50s.
Brass, enamels; measures 46.0 mm x 36.3 mm. This is a
relatively scarce, early Pobeda Factory variation featuring
five scrolls in the top ornament, with the central scroll
fully separating the side scrolls (its bottom part widens at
the base and is almost identical to the top part). Star
pattern under red enamel in the center medallion and dash
pattern in the lower portion. The red enamel is of lighter
shade than on more common issues.
In very fine to excellent condition. The red enamel is has
only a few tiny contact marks, otherwise perfect and shows
beautiful luster. The white band has minor amount of
rubbing and a single tiny, nearly unnoticeable chip at the
outer edge at 5 o'clock.
The details of the rifles and wreath are perfect and crisp.
The fragile grey finish on the edge of the shield is nearly
pristine. The gilt finish extremely well-preserved on both
sides of the badge. The screw post is full length, approx.
11.5 mm (measured from the reverse of the badge rather than
screw post base) and includes original screw plate marked
"Pobeda Factory, Moscow".
/"Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p. 136,