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/.