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    Winner of Socialist Competition, Award Plaque to an Industrial Enterprise in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the USSR, 1972 issue.

    Winner of Socialist Competition, Award Plaque to an Industrial Enterprise in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the USSR, 1972 issue.

    In stainless steel with gilt, silver plating and enamels. Exceptionally massive piece measuring approx. 11.5 " tall, over 11.5" wide; weighs nearly 7 lb. Riveted multi-piece construction. The center medallion features very nicely details Soviet state emblem in raised tri-dimensional profile. The slogan "Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!" carefully spelled out in national languages on the 15 scrolls representing the republics of the USSR. The pentagon shape of the center part represents the so-called "Sign of Quality" - highest Soviet quality standard designation. The writing in the red scroll on the wreath is "Fifty Years, USSR 1922-1972". The reverse of the wreath has stamped maker's logo ЛЮМ ("LYuM", Leningrad Jewelry Factory.) Despite its size, the quality is superb, on par with the best state decorations. Just like the other high decorations of the period, these plaques - or award badges as they were officially called - were manufactured not only by the Soviet State Mint but also by the LYuM factory acting as the mint's subcontractor.

    In very good condition. The enamels are generally well- preserved with only a couple of small chips in the upper corners of the "1922" scroll and a small left side segment of the central scroll. The damage is so small in relation to the overall huge size of the plaque that it is almost unnoticeable at first glance and certainly does not spoil the overall impression from this massive piece. There are also some minor surface scuffs and contact marks to the red enamel on the scrolls, but they are even less noticeable; the enamel still retains very attractive luster. The enamel on the center medallion with its prominent state emblem is perfect; its details extremely crisp and gilt nicely preserved and bright. The finish on the reverse has blemishes and some minor scuffs from being mounted on a wall, but no real damage.

    The plaque's official (and very long-winded) name was "Jubilee Award Badge by the Central Committee of the CPSU, Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, Council of Ministers of the USSR and All-Union Central Committee of Trade Unions for Achieving Best Results in the Al-Union Socialist Competition in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the USSR" This award was bestowed upon relatively few best factories, state farms, hospitals etc. Interestingly, some of the Soviet military units were awarded as well.

    Please note: the Order of the Red Banner of Labor in one of our photographs are only there to give you an idea of the plaque's size and are not included with the purchase of the plaque.

    /See "Badges of Distinction of the Economic Agencies of the USSR, Volume 2" by A, Zak and V. Alekseev, page 366/


    $995.00  

     
       
     
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