Excellent Driver badge, Pobeda Factory, mid to late 1950s.
Brass, enamels; 45.2 x 36.0 mm. This is the last type of the
badge, "Classic Flat" according to Airapetyan
classification. Shows GAZ-51 truck without side grille on a
slightly downward slope.
In very fine condition. The enamel appears perfect on the
first glance, but careful examination reveals a small chip
and flaking to the white band, under the first letter "O"
and in a small area immediately clockwise from it. The
enamel has only tiny contact marks elsewhere and fully
retains beautiful original luster. To reiterate, the damage
to the band is so minimal that it does not affect the
overall impression from the badge. The gilt finish is
completely pristine and bright on both the obverse and
reverse. The fragile black finish on the edge of the shield
is also fully intact.
The screw post is full length, nearly 12 mm. Includes
original screw plate with Pobeda Factory logo.
/Airapetyan,"Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-
1945", p. 121, fig. 10/.