Excellence in Medical Corps badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 45.9 x 36.2 mm. Early, scarce variation of
the badge, manufactured by the Moscow Artists Cooperative
(MTKh). Features elongated shield design, with the spade-
shaped lower portion. The center medallion has a pronounced
dome. There is a vertical groove pattern under the red
In fine to very fine condition. There is a chip to the red
enamel in the center medallion along its edge in
approximately 11 to 12 o'clock segment. Most of the red
enamel on the medallion is intact however, and the damage is
not too conspicuous. There red enamel is almost perfect in
the lower portion of the badge having only a couple of tiny
contact marks and retaining beautiful luster. The white
enamel in the band around the medallion appears undamaged on
the first glance, although close examination with a
magnifying glass reveals small surface flakes not
penetrating to metal and some hairline fractures.
The gold finish to the wreath and the dark finish around the
shield are extremely well preserved, practically pristine.
Likewise, the silver finish on the reverse is essentially
perfect. The screw post measures approx. 9 mm in length; it
probably has been reduced by a couple of mm as was
customary. Comes with original screw plate marked "Moscow
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
103, fig. 2. Note that there is a mistake in the book:
description of this badge accompanies fig. 1 on p. 102, but
the correct image is fig. 2 on page 103/