Badge to a Shock Worker of MVS (Moskva - Volga Canal
In brass-plated and silver-plated magnetic steel and
enamels. Measures 39.8 mm in height, 30.4 mm in width at
widest point. Two piece construction: the plaque with
letters "MBC" ["Moskva River - Volga River Canal
Construction"] is a separate, superimposed part attached by
wires. Shows a merchant ship coming through the sky blue
canal, with red silhouette of Kremlin below. Blood-like red
smear in the river is integral to the enamel although this
was not officially a part of the design. This factory error
has been observed before on these badges and seems
appropriate for them.
In excellent condition. The enamel is beautifully preserved
retaining all of its original translucency and luster.
Raised details including the sculptured bow of the ship are
exceptionally well preserved and crisp. Some of the
silver finish is visible in the crevices creating
shadow effect. The silver finish on the reverse is almost
pristine. The copper screw post is original and full
measures approx. 11 mm long. Includes original screw plate
maker marked "Khud. Met. Moskva".
The canal was one of the most publicized of the Soviet
1930's industrial projects, both in USSR and abroad, and
also one of the deadliest. For detailed account see
Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago".
/"Avers 8", p. 78, fig. 468 ;"History of Awards
Insignia of Russian MVD" p. 111, fig. 188.8.131.52/