Documented Group of Two Decorations awarded on 8 May 1951 to
Hero of Socialist Labor Ivan Perkovskiy.
Decorations: Gold "Hammer and Sickle" Medal of
of Socialist Labor, #5894; Order of Lenin, #139662.
Details and Condition of the Decorations:
The "Hammer and Sickle" medallion is in 23 K gold; the
suspension is in gilded silver. The golden medallion
measures 33.3 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 30.7 mm in width;
weighs 16.5 grams not including the suspension and
connecting link; total weight with suspension and screw
plate is 30.0 g. The medal is a Type 2 Variation 2 featuring
serial number stamped on the upper arm in characteristically
The "Hammer and Sickle" Medal is in very fine to excellent
condition. The hammer & sickle emblem and facets of the
star are beautifully smooth, with only minor traces of wear;
the ridges are extremely crisp. There are no bumps and only
a couple of small nicks (which probably came from testing
for gold content) practically unnoticeable from the obverse
as well as some miniscule dings to the raised edge on the
reverse. The stippling and lettering on the reverse are
Comes on original suspension complete with hexagon nut,
rectangular back plate and mint marked screw plate. The
original gold plating is clearly visible on all parts of the
suspension. The screw post is over 10.5 mm long (measured
from the back plate), has not been shortened. The nicely
preserved ribbon is old, almost certainly original to the
medal. The connecting link is original and has not been cut.
Overall, this is an uncommonly nice example of the Hammer
and Sickle Medal.
The Order of Lenin is in 23 K gold and platinum (bas-
relief). Measures 43.1 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 38.5 mm
in width; weighs 33.2 grams not including the suspension and
connecting link. This piece is a Type 5 Variation 1 by
McDaniel classification, essentially a "WW2 version"
featuring rounded medallion and stamped serial number.
The order is in very fine to excellent condition. There is a
single miniscule surface flake at the bottom edge of the
lower fold of the banner that is barely noticeable to the
unaided eye. A careful examination with a 10x loupe reveals
a few microscopic contact marks elsewhere, but those are
completely invisible without magnification. The enamel is
otherwise perfect, with beautiful luster. The platinum bas-
relief shows practically no wear; the details of the golden
wreath are pristine and crisp, free of noticeable dings.
Comes on original suspension device, an early post-war two-
layer model in steel. The perfectly preserved, clean old
ribbon is probably original to the order. The connecting
link is original and has not been cut.
Order Booklet, issued on 9 June 1951. The document shows
only two entries: for the Order of Lenin and Gold "Hammer
and Sickle" Medal, both with the 8 May 1951 award date. The
document is in excellent condition. There is a bit of wear
to the back cover that is not detractive, while the front
cover is perfect, with beautifully preserved gold state
emblem and writing. The binding is tight; the internal pages
are perfectly clean and crisp.
According to the unverified information found on the
Internet, Ivan Perkovskiy was born in 1897. At the time of
the award, he worked as director of the state farm named "In
Honor of 9th of January 1905" (reference to the so-called
"Bloody Sunday" that set off the Russian Revolution of
1905). The farm was, located in the Belotserkovskiy (Belaya
Tserkov) District of Kiev Region, cultivated sugar beets
which had been the principal source of sugar for the Soviet
food industry (at least at that point, before the communist
takeover of Cuba.)