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    Publishing House Workers Trade Union Badge - 1921

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    This is a very early Soviet trade union badge. It is heavy -- 12.52 grams without the screwplate -- and appears to be solid silver. However, it is neither proofed nor maker marked except for that unusual mark under the green enamel on the lower right side. I can't tell what that is.

    The odd-shaped hammer and sickle (no, it does not appear to be broken) is a thin layer of gold laid over another metal, perhaps silver, but it is not plate.


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    And here's the front of the membership booklet that goes with the badge. For publishing house workers, they didn't exactly get fancy when they decided on their book. I thought that maybe all the writing had simply faded away. No, there wasn't any to begin with except for what they wrote on the cover with a pen. Comrade Matikiants seems to have been member #933.

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