Excellent Baker badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 45.1 x 36.3 mm. This is the second of the
two earliest variations of the badge, one produced by the
ZhRPT factory. Features five scrolls in the ornament above
the shield forming a wavy top edge.
In very fine to excellent condition, outstanding for any
badge of WW2 "Proficiency Series". The enamel has no
significant flaws - a very unusual case! It retains very
nice luster and shows only light surface wear and minor
scratches, completely free of the usual chips or flaking.
Details of the wreath and loaves of bread are very well
preserved; some of the original silver finish is still
present in their recessed areas. Traces of the fragile gray
finish on the edge of the shield are clearly visible. Some
of the original silver plating is also visible on the
reverse in the central area around the screw post where it
was protected by the screw plate. The screw post is original
and of full length, nearly 13 mm; as was often the case, it
was attached sloppily at the factory and stands at an angle
but remains fully functional and sound. The badge comes with
an early NKPS screw plate which is not original to it but
There were probably fewer issues of the Baker badge than of
any other in the WW2 proficiency series. The book "Breast
Badges of the Red Army" by Borisov gives a total number of
33000 for Excellent Cook and Excellent Baker badges combined
issued both during and after the war. Assuming a 10:1 ratio
between army cooks and bakers (an admittedly arbitrary
estimate which seems reasonable), we will arrive at 3000 as
the approximate number of issues for the Excellent Baker
badge. By Soviet WW2 standards, this is a tiny number which
would explain the rarity of the badge.
/See "Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945", p.
127, fig. 2/.