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eMedals-Korea, Yi Dynasty. A Grand Order of the Plum Blossoms, Grand Cordon, c.1910

Item: EG498

Korea, Yi Dynasty. A Grand Order of the Plum Blossoms, Grand Cordon, c.1910

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Korea, Yi Dynasty. A Grand Order of the Plum Blossoms, Grand Cordon, c.1910

Lihwa Taehunjang. Instituted in 1900 by Emperor Kwangmu. A large grand cross sash badge in silver gilt, consisting of a white four armed star, each arm composed of a cluster of three rays, three plum blossoms in each quadrant, obverse centre presenting the taeguk in blue and red enamels with red enameled sun burst surround, a large suspension consisting of a large Hibiscus flower with five green enameled leaves, reverse with a mirrored presentation, measuring 77.5 mm (w) x 107 mm (h - inclusive of Hibiscus and laterally-pierced ball suspension) crazing evident in the red enameled rays on both sides, accompanied by an incorrect full-length modern sash, fine. Accompanied by the star of the order, consisting of a white four armed star, each arm composed of a cluster of three rays, three plum blossoms in each quadrant, obverse centre presenting the taeguk in blue and red enamels with red enameled sun burst surround, reverse with dual stays and a large principle pin assembly, measuring 90 mm (w) x 90 mm (h), crazing evident in the red enamelled rays, scratches in the white enamels on the ray at 12 o'clockm near very fine.

Footnote: The Grand Order of the Plum Blossoms was founded by Emperor Kwangmu on April 17, 1900. It was awarded in one class only, Grand Cordon, and conferred on holders of the Grand Cordon of the Taeguk Order of Merit. This decoration was actually the superior class of the Taeguk Order of Merit. 

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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