First Leningrad Artillery School graduate badge, 1946-1950.
Brass, enamels, 49.8 x 25.4 mm. Riveted three-piece
construction: the star and the wreath with crossed cannon
and name of the school are separate superimposed parts. A
very attractive and well-made badge.
In very fine to excellent overall condition. The enamel on
the plaque with abbreviated name of the school 1 ЛАУ ("1st
LAU") has miniscule amount of flaking under the letter У,
completely unnoticeable to the naked eye. The red enamel on
the star as well as the white enamel on the edge of the
diamond are perfect. The gilt finish is extremely well-
preserved and bright showing only light wear on the high
points of the cannon. The silver plating on the reverse is
There is added solder on the reverse at the bottom of the
wreath and on the left side of the badge (viewed from
obverse) where the red plaque joins the edge of the diamond.
This was probably done to secure the lower connection of the
plaque and wreath due to weakened or broken lower rivet. The
head of this rivet however appears to be intact, and the
upper two rivets are both intact and tight. The repair is
only visible from side and reverse of the badge.
The screw post is apporx. 11 mm long, has not been
shortened, and includes original mint marked screw plate.