I received this pair of NKVD shoulder boards. The color is typical of the dark blue used for the shoulder straps M43 of the NKVD (very different from the blue used for KGB's boards from60' until the end) . I like very much stars because they are slightly different and asymmetric, as a friend collector made me noticed. The wear countered natural. I thank you for your comments because I have no other high-ranking shoulder straps in model M43 and I cannot make of comparison.