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Excellent Machine Gunner badge, early MTKh version, mid-1940s.

Brass, enamels; 45.6 mm x 38.1 mm; weighs 17.7 g without the screw plate. Early MTKh variation featuring "wedge-shaped" machine gun shield, eight spokes on the wheel, and horizontal groove along the bottom of the water jacket and receiver. The top ornament consists of six scrolls with well-defined upper border.

In very fine to excellent condition, well above average for a Soviet combat proficiency badge of WW2 era. The enamel shows nice luster throughout and appears practically perfect to the unaided eye. There are a few tiny surface flakes at the upper edge of the white b

Brass, enamels; 45.6 mm x 38.1 mm; weighs 17.7 g without the screw plate. Early MTKh variation featuring "wedge-shaped" machine gun shield, eight spokes on the wheel, and horizontal groove along the bottom of the water jacket and receiver. The top ornament consists of six scrolls with well-defined upper border.

In very fine to excellent condition, well above average for a Soviet combat proficiency badge of WW2 era. The enamel shows nice luster throughout and appears practically perfect to the unaided eye. There are a few tiny surface flakes at the upper edge of the white band, nearly unnoticeable without magnification. The red enamel is exceptionally well preserved and has only a few microscopic contact marks, no significant rubbing or other wear.

The details of the wreath and machine-gun are perfect and very crisp, show almost no wear. The screw post is approx. 9 mm, reduced by a few mm for convenience as was customary and apparently rethreaded to accommodate a Pobeda Factory screw plate of early post-war period.

Overall, this is a very well-preserved and attractive example of one of the less common versions of WW2 Excellent Machine Gunner badge.

/See Airapetyan, Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945, p. 84, fig. 6/.
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