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  • Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star
  • Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star
  • Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star
  • Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star

Item: M0530-22

Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star



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Japan, Empire. An Order of the Golden Kite, II Class Star

(金鵄章). Instituted February 12, 1890. Showa Period (1926-1989). A II Class Star in silver, an eight point star of alternating clusters of three yellow enamelled rays with silver borders and five red enamelled rays with silver gilt borders, superimposed on the obverse sits a blue enamelled golden kite with yellow enamelled crossed swords with silver hilts atop the arms and a red flag at 3 and 9 o’clock presenting heraldic ‘mitsutomoe’ devices and a silver, green, purple and blue enamelled feature superimposed on the kite, and surmounted by a silver eagle with outspread wings, the reverse presents a single pin assembly with dual stays, and four large rivets, measures 88.65 mm (w) x 92.37mm (h), weighs 134.1 grams, numerous cracks and crazing on the red enamelled 3 and 9 o’clock rays, and some very thin crazing on the the yellow enamelled rays at 4 and 11 o’clock, one stay on reverse slightly bent, gilt intact, a rare decoration in very fine condition.


Footnote: Order of the Golden Kite (金鵄章) is a military decoration of Japan. The order was established with 7 classes and only awarded to Military men or non-combatant service men.The 2nd class can be awarded to generals with outstanding merits or field officers with heroic merits.

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