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    Badge of a Foremost Worker of the Department of Correctional Labor Camps (OITK) of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, circa 1950s.

    Badge of a Foremost Worker of the Department of Correctional Labor Camps (OITK) of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, circa 1950s.

    Brass, enamel, 30.6 x 25.1 mm.

    In very fine condition. The enamel is well preserved overall having only minor surface buffing and light scratches, no chips or flaking. Some of the original gloss is still present along the edges. The details of the wreath and hammer & sickle emblem are well preserved. Traces of original gilt finish are still visible on the reverse around the screw post.

    It is not clear if the screw post is original: the other specimens we've seen didn't have the screw post base. It does however appear to be of the period and it's not entirely unlikely that the screw post was applied in this manner by the manufacturer. The screw plate is likewise of the period and although it is quite loose due to the worn threads of the screw post, it still holds reasonably well near the base of the screw.

    This extremely uncommon badge is one of the only Soviet awards with direct reference to correctional labor. Judging by the standard practices of the time, it probably could be awarded not only to an MVD prison guard but also to one of the "reformed" prisoners who cooperated with the authorities (the latter were contemptuously referred to as "suki" or bitches by the rest of prison population).


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