Young Russian Soldier in black boots, red pants, green coat and holding a blunderbuss with a funnel-shaped muzzle. High quality polychrome enamel on copper plaque circa 1978. Some chipping at top where wire is attached. Remnant of factory label on the back. Overall near fine. Approximately 10½" x 4". 1 only.
These types of Russian souvenirs were made with the support of The All-Russian Society for the Protection of Monuments of History and Culture, or VOOPIIK (Всероссийское общество охраны памятников истории и культуры (ВООПИиК)) - a public organization, which was established in the RSFSR in 1965 and continues to work in modern-day Russia. One of its production centers, in Moscow, was the Экспериментальный творческо-производственный комбинат Всероссийского общества охраны памятников истории и культуры «Русский сувенир» (ЭТПК). These Experimental Production Plants made the ubiquitous pins known as "znachki", as well as many Olympic souvenirs.