Lot 307: Emperor Meiji

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:30

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Lot 307: DS in Japanese, one page, 23 x 17.75, circa 1890–1912. Untranslated document in which the emperor of Japan confers the Fourth 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 fine condition, with light creases and stray ink marks to upper left. Accompanied by the original printed sheet with information for the recipient.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 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $5000-6000
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