Badges of the Early Soviet Volunteer Organizations
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Badge of an Activist of MOPR (Society to Help Revolutionaries), #3696, 1928-1941. In superb condition, extremely uncommon for a badge of the pre-Patriotic War period. Comes with original maker marked wing nut.
ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), Moscow Chapter, membership badge, 1923-1925. In very fine condition.
Badge of the Central Committee of ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), 1923-1925. In fine to very fine condition.
Badge of the ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), Northwestern Chapter, 1924-25. This very elegant award in hallmarked silver and enamels was issued for less than one year for giving donations or active volunteer work in the Society of Friends of Aviation (its Northwestern branch included Petrograd region). In very fine to excellent condition, free of chips or other significant flaws; includes original hallmarked screw plate.
Badge of the ODVF (Society of Friends of the Air Fleet), Northwestern Chapter, 1923-25. Scarce version in hallmarked silver featuring a detailed depiction of a biplane and a vertically oriented blue scroll with the name of the organization. The artwork is in early Constructivist style. This very well-preserved example includes original hallmarked screw plate.
OAVUK (Society of Aviation and Aeronautics of Ukraine and Crimea), membership badge, 1923-1924. More scarce Type 1 having riveted construction with the superimposed emblem of globe, biplane and hammer & sickle. Unlike the ODVF chapters in various regions of RSFSR and other Soviet republics, the Ukrainian society operated under its own name and apparently enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy until the 1924 merger into the all- union ODVF.
OAVUK (Society of Aviation and Aeronautics of Ukraine and Crimea), membership badge, Type 2, 1923-1924. In outstanding, excellent condition. This organization existed for only a year until its merger into ODVF in 1924.
ODVF Badge "Ultimatum", 1923. Featuring an airplane and a fist with star, this pin was given for donations to build Soviet air force. The donation drive was as a part of the propaganda campaign in response to the British 1923 note to the Soviet government (so-called "Curzon Ultimatum"). In excellent condition.
AVIAKhIM membership badge, 1925 - 1927. Rare "filled-in" version with gold enamel in the center. In excellent condition.
KSI (Red Sports International) Physical Culture badge, 1925 - 1930 issue. One of the earliest Soviet sports awards established soon after the creation of the USSR. A very interesting piece in excellent condition, complete with original screw plate.
To see other early Soviet sports badges, please follow this link: "Soviet Sports Awards"
ODD (Friend of Children Society), membership badge, 1924 - 1935. Screw back version in outstanding condition.
Membership Badge of the Detkomissiya (Children Agency) at the Central Executive Committee of the USSR, early to mid 1920s.
Union of Militant Atheists, membership badge, small version, circa late 1930s - 1941. Relatively late issue featuring with the word "socialism" rather than "communism" in the organization's motto. In excellent condition.
Badge of an Activist of the Society of Militant Atheists, late 1920s-30s. Very scarce badge in excellent condition.