Marshal or General M40 hat badge, 1940-1955.
Brass, enamel; measures 31.1 mm in height, 30.9 mm in
diameter. In excellent condition. The enamel retains nice
luster and has only minor contact marks and scratches, no
chips, cracks or noticeable flakes. The attachment prongs
are original and intact. There is modest amount of tarnish
and verdigris to the brass, but no ugly blotches; some of
the original gilt finish is clearly visible, especially on
Caveat Emptor: the prongs are rather stiff. Please be
advised to exercise extreme caution when bending them to put
the cockade on the hat: we cannot guarantee how durable or
functional they are, will not be responsible if they are
accidentally broken by the buyer, and will not accept the
return if they are damaged.
/V. Kutsenko, "Hat Badges", p. 6, fig. 11/.