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Excellent Mine Layer Badge, NKPS, mid 1940s.

Brass, enamels; 48.0 x 38.3 mm; weighs 15.1 g not including the screw plate. This version of the elongated type by NKPS is less common than many others. It features larger flames on either side of the mine, more defined segments of the "scallop" ornament on top, and straight handle of the sickle. Note also the more "ruffled" wreath, especially on the right near the top. This very uncommon version is not shown as a separate variety in the Airapetyan's catalog. It is however pictured in the more detailed reference guide Breast Badges for Excellence in the Red Army, 1942-1957 <

Brass, enamels; 48.0 x 38.3 mm; weighs 15.1 g not including the screw plate. This version of the elongated type by NKPS is less common than many others. It features larger flames on either side of the mine, more defined segments of the "scallop" ornament on top, and straight handle of the sickle. Note also the more "ruffled" wreath, especially on the right near the top. This very uncommon version is not shown as a separate variety in the Airapetyan's catalog. It is however pictured in the more detailed reference guide Breast Badges for Excellence in the Red Army, 1942-1957 by Khlamkin /classified there as Type 11 with the rarity rating of 4 (Rare)/. .

Condition is excellent, absolutely outstanding for a badge of this vintage. The enamel shows beautiful luster and is free of significant wear or rubbing; there are only a couple of tiny scratches to the red enamel in the center that are nearly unnoticeable to the unaided eye and a few microscopic contact marks or imperfections elsewhere that are completely invisible without magnification. The details of the artwork are pristine. The gilt and silver finish on both the obverse and reverse is practically perfect; the gray finish on the border of the shield is likewise practically untouched. The screw post is full length, well over 13 mm, and includes original wartime screw plate maker-marked "ShMZ - NKPS". This is a superb example through and through, almost impossible to upgrade.

/Similar to Figure 1 on page 98 of the Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945 by Airapetyan/
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