Honored NKVD Firefighter badge, Type 2, #431, 1937-1941
In sterling silver and enamels; 49.3 x 29.8 mm. This
stunning piece shows absolutely superb quality throughout.
The three-piece construction badge features oval base having
cogwheel along the left border, ears of wheat along the
right red scroll with Cyrillic letters "NKVD" at the bottom
and red banner near the top. The state emblem at the top is
of 1937 type, with 11 ribbons representing number of
republics in the Soviet Union. The red star is a separate
part attached with wires; superimposed on the star is
beautifully sculptured Soviet fire department insignia of
torch, ax and wrench. The reverse has Cyrillic maker mark
"VKKh" and sterling silver hallmark "916". Note the typical
low serial number engraved in characteristically "square"
font (only a few hundred of silver badges were ever issued).
In very fine condition, extraordinary for this early award.
The enamel on the scroll with "NKVD" has a small chip: a
thin, barely noticeable sliver along the lower border under
the letter "K". The enamel is practically perfect elsewhere
- the only exception is faint hairline cracks in the lower
left arm of the star that are not visually detracting and do
not threaten the integrity of the enamel. The enamel
retains its luster and beautiful trademark quality
characteristic of the early Soviet badges.
The torch, state emblem and other details are extremely
crisp, show practically no wear. Pristine, even toning to
the reverse. The screw post is full length, approx. 11 mm.
Comes with original silver wing nut marked "Vsekokhudozhnik,
Moscow" and showing "916" silver and "VKKh" hallmarks. The
nut is somewhat loose due to worn threads (as is often the
case) but still holds to the screw post reasonably well.
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