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    RKKA Badge for Excellent Shooting, 1938-1941.

    RKKA Badge for Excellent Shooting, 1938-1941.

    Silver-plated brass, enamels; the pendant measures 45.0 mm in height, 36.1 mm in width; overall height is approx. 75 mm with suspension device and chains. The reverse of the pendant is marked "Mondvor" in raised characters. The badge is of extremely high quality.

    In excellent condition, very uncommon for this early award. The enamel is very well preserved overall. The red enamel on the banner and scroll with inscription PKKA ("RKKA") in particular is perfect and exhibits beautiful luster. The red star has some microscopic hairlines in its upper portion, but these are unnoticeable to the naked eye and do not threaten the integrity of enamel. The white and black enamels on the "bull's eye" have only microscopic contact marks invisible without magnification, otherwise perfect and show nice luster. The scarlet enamel on the suspension has a single miniscule "pinprick" contact mark that resulted in somewhat darker appearance of the tiny area around it, otherwise free of detectable wear. The silver finish on both sides is pristine, shows very attractive toning, and creates full impression that the badge is made of solid silver.

    The badge includes original, full length chain attachment consisting of 10 links on either side and fully functional pin on the reverse of the medallion. The screw post of the suspension device is over 10.5 mm long, has not been reduced. Comes with original screw plate in copper-plated and nickel-plated steel mint marked "Mondvor" and serial- numbered "21823"; the screw plate has areas of heavy oxidation but most of its nickel finish is still intact.

    Unlike the contemporary OSOAVIAKhIM badges which could be awarded to civilians as well as servicemen, this was strictly a military award (abbreviation RKKA stands for Workers and Peasants Red Army, but starting from 1940 the badge was also issued to Soviet Navy sailors). The production of the badge stopped immediately after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and therefore relatively few original, complete examples survived to these days.

    / Avers 8, p. 425, fig. 2010/.

    Item# 36122


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