Badge of Outstanding Animal Ranger, circa 1950s.
Brass, enamels; 42.8 x 36.1 mm. Features heavy construction
typical for its period of manufacture. The enamel and
overall quality are superb. Like nearly all high level
Mongolian awards of the era, this badge was made in the
Soviet Union. This version of the badge features violet blue
color of the sky, as opposed to turquoise of the other
variation of the same badge. The enamel is also of somewhat
In excellent condition, absolutely extraordinary for this
badge. Aside from a few microscopic scuffs and contact marks
that are invisible to the naked eye, the enamel is perfect.
The details of the horseman, horse, and wreath are likewise
perfect and crisp, and significant amount of the original
gilt finish is still intact - a very unusual case. The gilt
on the reverse is practically perfect. The screw post
measures over 16 mm long, has not been shortened. Comes with
original screw plate showing faint markings of the Moscow
Artists Cooperative. This beautiful piece is probably the
best example of the Ranger badge we have ever seen.
The badge was awarded specifically for the herding of
horses, which sets it apart from many other, general purpose
Mongolian awards for animal herding.
/A. Battushig, "Mongolian Orders, Medals & Badges", p.
103, fig. J 04b/.