Central Executive Committee of the Ukraine membership badge,
#173, circa 1927-1931, with related document to a delegate
of the XII Convocation of the Ukrainian TsIK (probably
issued to a different person).
Sterling silver, enamel; measures 33.7 mm width, 21.0 mm in
height; weighs 8.5 g without screw plate. Shows Ukrainian
abbreviation for "Ukrainian SSR" and "TsIK" (Central
Executive Committee). The reverse shows silver hallmark
"916" with the Greek character Delta next to the worker's
head, designation of the Moscow assay inspection. Also shows
Cyrillic maker mark "KhEM" (ХЭМ) and engraved serial number
"173". The enamel and overall workmanship are of superb
quality. Judging by the hallmarks and the characteristics of
the die, the badge was probably issued between 1927 and 1931
(to a delegate of the 10th, 11th or 12th Convocation of the
The badge is in very fine to excellent condition. The enamel
has a single scratch above the letter "Ц" (Ts) which is not
very noticeable or detracting. The enamel is pristine
otherwise and retains all of its exquisite translucency and
luster. Beautiful, even toning to the reverse. The screw
post is approx. 9 mm in length, probably never reduced.
Comes with original silver wing nut which shows round silver
hallmark and maker mark "KhEM"; note the rich, untouched
patina to the wing nut perfectly matching that on the
reverse of the badge.
This is an absolutely superb piece, worthy of even the most
sophisticated collection of early Soviet awards.
The document is an ID of a delegate of XII Convocation of
the All-Ukrainian TsIK. Shows serial number of the
certificate #423 which in our opinion, does not correspond
with the serial number of the badge. Note that although the
document is correct for the badge above, we make no claim
that the two are in fact to the same person.
The document is in fair condition. The internal pages and
lining have deteriorated and are partly missing due to heavy
use and apparent exposure to moisture. The hand-written name
of the recipient and the ink stamp are present but
completely illegible. The printed serial number of the
certificate is completely intact and clear. The hand
signature of the Secretary of the Presidium is clearly
visible and mostly legible, only last letter or two are
missing due clipped corner of the page; the last name
appears to be "Vasilenko".
The leather cover is in far better condition despite the
heavy wear to the edges. The front cover is particularly
well preserved, still supple and retains original color. The
impressed writing "Member of VUTsVK, XII" as well as the
early state emblem of the Soviet Ukraine are well defined.
/See A. Mekhonoshin, "Breast Badges of the Highest Offices
of Government, 1917-1991", fig. 22.1.2, also "Avers 8"
, p. 545, fig. 2687/.