Lot 272: DS in Japanese, one page, 23 x 17.75, circa 1890–1912. Untranslated document in which the emperor of Japan confers the Fifth Class, Order of the Golden Kite upon a distinguished member of the military. Includes its original wooden presentation box with green ribbon. Tightly rolled and in very good condition, with moderate overall toning and scattered creases; one end of the wooden box is absent and the ribbon tie is stretched and frayed.Established in 1890 by Emperor Meiji, the Order of the Golden Kite was a military award commemorating the mythic Jimmu Tenno, the 'Romulus of Japan.' It was awarded to soldiers and military officers who demonstrated bravery, leadership, or command in battle. This is one of the few orders made exclusively for the Japanese military, while most others could be given to civilians, diplomats, and other officials including those from other countries. The majority of these Order of the Golden Kites awards were given in the lower sixth or seventh class, making this middle-class example scarcer than usual.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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