USSR State Emblem from International Boundary Marker, late
1940s-mid 50s manufacture.
In solid brass with nickel plating. Weighs approx. 2 lb;
measures 8" in width, approx. 8 ¾ " in height. Extremely
well-made piece showing the Soviet state seal in high tri-
dimensional profile. The Marxist slogan "Proletarians of All
Countries, Unite!" is carefully spelled-out in languages of
all Soviet republics comprising the Soviet Union at the
time. Note that the number of scrolls in the emblem
corresponds with 16 republics - this type of Soviet emblem
was used only in 1948-1955. As far as we know, the emblems
that were already on the markers were not replaced in 1955
however and could well linger until the end of the Soviet
Union in late 1991. There are several stamped maker marks
visible on the reverse near the lower corners.
The plaque is outstanding, excellent condition - probably
the best of its kind we have handled to date. Unlike
practically all the other "Border Guard" plaques, there are
significant signs of weathering or other wear. The chrome
finish is extremely bright, nearly pristine; there are none
of the usual dents, scratches, or the typical "freckles" of
oxidation coming from beneath the chrome plating. The
plaque has been in service however judging by some minor
dings and light scratches. There are a few smudges of red
paint at the bottom edge and reverse that obviously came off
the border marker during routine touch-ups - all of which
should be easy to clean off if desired.
An impressive Cold War piece in almost any shape, this
particular plaque is an extremely rare find because of its
pristine condition. Ideal background / theme item for the
Soviet collection, suitable for wall or display case.
Please note, pen in our photo is for size reference.