A Chinese Order of the Brilliant Star; Grand Cross Badge with Document
A Chinese Order of the Brilliant Star; Grand Cross Badge with Document - Three-piece construction, silver gilt and enamels, maker marked and numbered "169" on the reverse, 73.3 mm x 73.3 mm, on an original full-length sash, intact enamels, gilt wear overall, light contact, better than very fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, gilt and enamelled Republic of China insignia on the lid, marker marked on the inside lid, raised recessed and slotted medal bed, missing its accompanying breast star, which has been lost to time, oxidation evident on the latch bars, creasing in the fabric and spots of white paint on the exterior, case very fine. Accompanied by its original Republic of China Award Document (printed in four colours on a thick paper stock, 323 mm x 550 mm, rolled), a Letter from the Embassy of the Republic of China in Guatemala (navy blue letterhead on a traditional paper stock, black typewritten letter in Spanish, 213 mm x 330 mm, rolled, on tear midway down on the left side), with both the letter and document enclosed in their Official Tube of Issue (two-pieces, cardboard, exterior with a fabric wrap and vertical award label, 52 mm x 440 mm, wear evident in and along the seams). Footnote: The Grand Cross Set was originally awarded to Dardon Hernan Morales, Chairman of the Judiciary of the Republic of Guatemala, as stated in the Letter from the Embassy of the Republic of China in Guatemala. Loosely translated from the Spanish: "The President of the Republic of China, considering that the Excellency Bachelor Dardon Hernan Morales, Chairman of the Judiciary of the Republic of Guatemala, has significant merit, we are pleased to confer the GRAND CORDON SPECIAL ORDER OF THE BRILLIANT STAR. Chiang Kai Shek, President, Shen Huan Chang, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chang Tang Huan, Great Public Official in Charge of the Great Seal. Since the second day of the fifth month of the fiftieth Year of the Republic of China (corresponding to May 2 of 1961). Translation certified and signed by: Wang Fang, Ambassador of the Republic of China in Guatemala."