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  • China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940
  • China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940
  • China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940
  • China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940
  • China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940

Item: EG2966

China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940

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China, Manchukuo Japan Occupation. An Order of the Pillars of the State, VI Class c.1940

(満州国 柱國章). Instituted 1936 by Emperor Kang Teh. Manchukuo Empire (1936-1945 issued). Like the Oriental architectural style used in palace and temples, a four armed silver medal consisting of four stylized pillars in dark patina meeting at the centre, the quadrants featuring four diagonal lines ending in enameled white circles, each line flanked by two additional further white enamel circles, the obverse centre embellishing by an enameled white, red, blue, black, and yellow octagonal medallion (the colors of the Empire flag), displaying concentrical alternated rings, the reverse engraving with typical lettering denoting “Order of Merit”, measuring 40.49 mm (w) x 49.58 mm (h - inclusive of bar suspension), suspending by elaborated silver bar suspension of stalks of sorghum also in black patina, on original breast ribbon with hook and eye, presenting three highly decorated clasps in silver denoting VI Class, light contact, a hard-to-find item, in extremely good condition.

Footnote: The Order of the Pillars of the State was founded in 1936 by Emperor Kang Teh (Hsuan-tung) as Emperor of Manchuria; it was abolished together with the empire in 1945. Likely to be awarded for merit, it was created with eight classes in total. 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

 

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