Excellent Combat Engineer badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels. The first, elongated version of the badge,
measuring 48.2 mm x 37.9 mm. Features scallop-shaped top
ornament, with 7 small scrolls.
In very fine to excellent condition, outstanding for a
badge of this vintage. The red enamel is beautifully
preserved having only a few tiny contact and microscopic
scratches; retains very attractive luster. The white enamel
on the band has buffing and a couple of tiny flakes that
are nearly unnoticeable. The wreath has exceptionally
crisp details and still retains nearly all of the original
silver finish. The even more fragile grey finish on the
edge of the shield is also almost perfect.
The reverse and screw plate have fair amount of verdigris
which adds character whereas silver finish is fully present
in the central portion of the reverse and the inside of the
screw plate. The screw post is about 12 mm long, might have
been reduced by just a couple of mm but still fully
functional, with good threads. The screw plate marked "ShMZ
NKPS" is original to the badge.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
100, fig. 1/