Shock Worker of Stalin Labor Campaign badge, mid-1940s.
Brass and enamels; 35.9 mm tall (including the upper
flagpole finial), 34.8 mm wide. Shows steam engine
locomotive under red flag with "Stalin" written on the
front, and with stylized sickle and hammer emblem. This is a
WW2 version of the badge featuring silver finish on the
locomotive, cogwheel and the reverse, thick screw post
(about 3.8 mm in diameter) and black enamel in the lettering
around the sickle. Excellent quality.
In excellent condition. The enamel shows beautiful luster
and is completely free of the usual chips, noticeable wear
or significant flaking. There is only a single miniscule
flake at the upper edge of the banner that is practically
unnoticeable to the naked eye and a couple of microscopic
hairlines in the same area. The enamel however remains
perfectly sound and appears perfect without magnification.
The details of the artwork are perfect and crisp; the silver
finish is exceptionally well preserved having only very
minimal, barely detectable wear to the highest points of the
locomotive. The silver plating on the reverse is perfect.
The screw post is full length, approximately 12-mm long.
Includes original pre-1947 screw plate maker marked "ShMZ
NKPS" ("Mechanical Stamping Factory, Narkomat of Railroad
/See V. Krivtsov, "Avers 8 - Catalog of Soviet Badges and
Jettons", fig. 741b/.