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Excellent MVD Border Guard badge, two-piece flat back variation by the Pobeda Factory, 1953 - 1957.

Brass, enamels; 52.3 mm x 42.1 mm; weighs 23.4 g (without screw plate.) The overall design is same as the more common Excellent Border Guard badge of the late-50s, but with letters Cyrillic letters "MVD" in the oval plaque at the bottom. This variation of the badge features more heavy construction with flat reverse and two-piece construction: the silver shield in the center forms a single part with the "MVD" plaque. Unlike the similar badge made by the MTKh factory, the red star is an integral part of the larger shield with the green border, and there are no attachment wires: the two pa

Brass, enamels; 52.3 mm x 42.1 mm; weighs 23.4 g (without screw plate.) The overall design is same as the more common Excellent Border Guard badge of the late-50s, but with letters Cyrillic letters "MVD" in the oval plaque at the bottom. This variation of the badge features more heavy construction with flat reverse and two-piece construction: the silver shield in the center forms a single part with the "MVD" plaque. Unlike the similar badge made by the MTKh factory, the red star is an integral part of the larger shield with the green border, and there are no attachment wires: the two parts of the badge are held together by solder.

In very fine condition, much better than the average for this badge and especially for its early, MVD version. The green enamel has a small chip at the lower tip of the shield and a tiny chip in the upper right corner - the latter almost unnoticeable to the naked eye. There is also a miniscule chip to the green segment of the border marker, also nearly unnoticeable. The red enamel on the star has some tiny flakes visible only under magnification; a careful examination with a 10x loupe will reveal some microscopic contact marks to the green enamel along the edge. That being said, the enamel everywhere looks very impressive and retains beautiful luster.

The raised details of the center medallion including the face of the soldier, details of his uniform and PPSh sub- machine gun, and fine details of the Kremlin tower are exceptionally well-preserved and crisp which is extremely uncommon for this badge. The silver plating in particular is exceptionally well-preserved having only light wear to the highest points of the artwork - also an extremely unusual case. The details of the oak leaves are likewise perfect and crisp, with some of the original gilt finish visible in their recessed areas. The reverse shows very attractive, even toning to brass while the gold finish is still present in the area around the screw post that was protected by the screw plate. The screw post is full length, over 11.5 mm, and comes with original screw plate marked "Pobeda Factory, Moscow". To reiterate, this is an extremely attractive piece!

The MVD badges were issued during a brief period in the 50s when Border Guards were under the command of MVD (Ministry of Interior) rather than the KGB State Security. The details of the oval plaque with MVD are noticeably different than the more common Pobeda Factory version of the same badge.

/See Mikhail Rogov,"History of Awards and Insignia of Russian MVD, 1802 - 2002", p. 89, fig. 1.2.2.17/.
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