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  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group
  • Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group

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Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group

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Poland, Republic. A Highly Unusual & Probably Unique Gold Japanese Imperial Aviation Society Merit Badge Medal Group

An Order of Poland Restored (Order of Polonia Restituta), officer’s cross (Order Odrodzenia Polski, Krzyż Oficerski), first version, 1921-1944. Gilt-edged white enamel Maltese cross with gilt ball-tipped finials, with loop and decorated ring for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central red enamel medallion bearing the gilt-outlined white enamel crowned Polish eagle within a blue enamel band inscribed in gilt letters ‘POLONIA RESTITVTA’ (Latin = Poland Restored); the reverse gilt with a circular central red enamel medallion bearing the date ‘1918’ in gilt numerals; on original ribbon with rosette denoting an award of the officer class.  The Order was instituted by Act of Parliament of 4 February 1921 to be awarded to both Polish and non-Polish citizens for acts of merit benefiting Poland in a wide range of fields.  In 1952, following the installation of a Communist regime, the insignia was changed, the eagle losing its crown and the date on the reverse being changed to ‘1944’.  This example pre-dates that change.

 

Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), VI class, pre-1940 issue. Silver-edged white enamel eight-pointed star composed of thirty-two narrow double-pointed rays surrounding a circular red glass cabochon, the whole representing the radiant rising sun, on green and mauve enamel swivel pauwlonia crest suspension with three leaves and three stems of three, five and three flowers; the reverse identical but with the suspension inscribed with four characters meaning ‘Order of Merit Decoration’.

The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875 in eight classes to reward both military and civilian merit, the class awarded depending upon the rank of the recipient. The Order is still awarded today and is Japan’s second most senior decoration. Insignia of the 4th, 5th and 6th classes were very similar and sometimes confused, so that in 1940 the intermediate arms of the 6th class were shortened to give a less round and more pointed effect; this example is from before that change.

 

Shōwa Enthronement Commemorative Medal, 1928. Circular silver medal with swivel grip and ring suspension; the face with a gilt chrysanthemum crest in the centre of the Imperial throne, a stylise cloud symbolising good fortune on either side, the characters for ‘Banzai’ (May the Emperor live ten thousand years) below; all encircled by a border of cherry and mandarin orange blossom; the reverse with a banner inscribed in characters ‘Grand Enthronement Commemorative Medal’ with stylised clouds on either side and inscribed ‘Shōwa 3rd Year, 11th Month’.

The medal was created by Imperial Edit on 1 August 1928 awarded on 10 to 15 November of that year to those who attended the ceremonies of the accession of Emperor Hirohito in Kyoto and elsewhere and to those who officiated or assisted at them.

 

Merit Badge of the Imperial Japanese Aviation Society (Teikoku Hikou Kyoukai 帝國飛行協会) in gold, Gold badge in the form of a crouching eagle, wings displayed, its head facing left, a propeller in its talons, with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with a green jewel at the centre of the propeller, the left and right arms bearing the letters ‘T’ and ‘H’ respectively; the reverse plain, inscribed with the name of the association and the badge in kanji characters; on a ribbon of the Order of the Rising Sun (the ribbon should be red with white edge stripes rather than the reverse) The Aviation Society was established as a corporation in 1913 and became a not-for-profit foundation in 1914.  In 1940 it merged with the Great Japan Aviation Association (Dai-Nippon Hikoukai) having played a crucial role during the inter-war years in training young pilots. The Badge is extremely rare in gold.

 

The combination of awards is very unusual, possibly unique, and suggests a Polish aviator who spent much time in Japan promoting aviation in the inter-war period.

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