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    Excellent Tanker badge, circa 1942-44 issue.

    Excellent Tanker badge, circa 1942-44 issue.

    Brass, enamels; measures 46.1 mm tall x 36.2 mm wide. This is an early version of the Tanker's badge, featuring characteristically crude wreath and domed center medallion. Note also the "streamlined" construction of the cannon and especially the stylized tank turret. The top ornament is formed by five scrolls with a border defining the upper edge. This version is listed as NKPS in the Airapetyan's catalog (although it is now believed to have been also manufactured by a couple of other makers including the Shcherbinsky Stamping Factory.)

    Very fine to excellent overall condition, outstanding for a combat proficiency badge of WW2 period. Nicely preserved enamel, with only a few tiny flakes that are unnoticeable to the naked eye and some minor contact marks. The enamel in the center may have been polished but has no significant wear or repairs. There are a couple of darker spots near the head of the hammer from internal imperfections that are not too detractive. The details of the wreath and tank are nicely preserved. The original silver finish on the reverse of the badge is practically pristine. The screw post is full length, over 12.5 mm. Comes with original screw plate maker marked ШМЗ НКПС ("ShMZ NKPS".)

    /See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945, p. 93, fig. 1/.

    Item# 35116


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