This is an interesting Soviet banner. Looks to be for a competition winner presumably to workers performing at a superior rate. This type of banner is not terribly rare but this is the higher quality with made of a very pleasant red velvet. Instead of being screen printed this "deluxe" version has lettering that is nicely chain stitched and the profile of Lenin is a separate piece nicely bordered with 1/4 inch brown stitched border. Nice bright yellow fringe and cord. I find no damage or staining anywhere. I doubt the rod. Besides the cool banner there are ALSO 10 medals attached. The top row are 20, 30, 40, 50 and 50 year anniversary medals of 1945 WWII victory (One 50 year is higher quality paint and enamel). The bottom row is 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 year anniversary medals of 1918 WWI victory. The rod is about 47cm wide. Height to the bottom of the fringe is about 68cm. A real neat set that my wife won't let me hang in the bathroom. Certainly an eye catcher.