Excellence in Medical Corps badge, NKPS issue, mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels; measures 46.1 mm x 38.7 mm. Early variation featuring five scrolls forming the top ornament with well pronounced smooth border along the upper edge. The center medallion is larger than on other variations. There is a single dot on either side of the star at the bottom of the white band.
In excellent condition. The enamel shows magnificent luster and is extremely well-preserved; it has only some tiny contact marks and scuffs in the center that are barely noticeable to the naked eye. There details of the snake and bowl of Hygeia medical emblem as well as the wreath are perfect and crisp. The original gilt finish is clearly visible on the entire wreath; the fragile dark gray finish on the edges of the shield is perfect. The silver finish on the reverse is nearly pristine. The screw post measures 9.5 in length, reduced by a few mm for convenience as was customary but more than long enough for proper functionality. Comes with original WW2 era screw plate marked "NKPS".
Established in November 1942, the Excellent Medic badge was one of the first few badges of the "WW2 Proficiency Series" that came up during that year.
/See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945 p. 103, fig. 3/
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