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    Excellent Baker badge, mid 1940s.

    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 fits perfectly.

    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/.

    Item# 35244


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