Badge of Outstanding Animal Ranger, circa 1950s.
Brass, enamels; 43.1 x 35.9 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 sky of
turquoise, as opposed to violet blue on the other variation
of the same badge. The enamel overall is slightly cruder
than the over version although it still of fine quality.
Very fine to excellent condition, far better than the
average for the Mongolian Ranger badge. There is a tiny chip
to the green enamel immediately above the horse's neck and
below the pole of the lasso (uurga); because of its location
and small size, this chip is nearly unnoticeable. There are
also tiny contact marks and a couple of microscopic flakes,
but no other significant wear. The enamel retains beautiful
luster everywhere. The details of the horseman, horse, and
wreath are nicely preserved and crisp showing only minimal
wear to the raised points.
The reverse shows areas of light oxidation. The screw post
measures approx. 15 mm long, has not been shortened.
Original screw plate showing faint markings of the Moscow
Artists Cooperative is included.
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/.