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    Sniper Badge, by NKPS Factory, circa 1943-44.

    Sniper Badge, by NKPS Factory, circa 1943-44.

    Brass, enamels; measures 43.7 x 35.2 mm. This variation is among the earliest produced. Features domed medallion and flat, tall scrolls of the top ornament with a curvy upper edge. There is a distinctive vertical line pattern under red enamel with counter-relief visible on the reverse of the badge.

    Very fine to excellent condition, well above average. The enamel in particular is very well-preserved, completely free of repairs, chips or significant flaking. There are some tiny contact marks and minor amount of rubbing, as well as a few microscopic surface flakes completely invisible to the naked eye, but the enamel retains impressive overall appearance and a good deal of original luster.

    The details of the rifles and wreath are extremely well- preserved and crisp. A good amount of the fragile silver and gilt finish on the obverse is still present, while most of the silver plating on the reverse is intact, especially around the screw post. The screw post has been reduced to approx. 6.5 mm for convenience, as was customary. It was also re-threaded to accommodate a mint-marked post-war screw plate.

    Established in May 1942, Sniper is one of the initial seven badges that started the WW2 "Proficiency" series.

    /See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945, p. 80, fig. 3/


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