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J003467 CASED 1931-1934 MANCHURIAN INCIDENT WAR MEDAL.  

The bronze medal features, to its obverse, a falcon perched atop a Samurai shield, whose upwardly-stretched wings encompass a sixteen-petaled Imperial Chrysanthemum, with radiating lines as the backdrop. To its reverse are two helmets, one with the Navy anchor to it, the other with the Army star, above a stylized kanji inscription reading, "Showa era 6th Year to 9th Year Incident" (1931-1934), enclosed by a tape border, with a field of cherry blossoms as the backdrop. This medal was established in July of 1934, commemorating the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and the subsequent border campaigns (as war was not officially declared, the action was referred to as an "incident"). The swiveling hanger connected to the top of the medal features abstract foliage as its pattern, and is itself connected to a swiveling, horizontal bar, through which the ribbon passes. To the face of the bar is embossed a row of four kanji characters, translating to "War Medal." The watered silk ribbon has a central, vertical red stripe bordered by thinner yellow ones, with pink stripes flanking those, then orange, and thinner burgundy stripes to either edge. An elongated, vertical alloy hook is to its top, which folds down and mates with an alloy eye sewn near the base of its reverse. They are nested into corresponding depressions to the yellow flocked interior base of its original presentation case. The navy blue leatherette covered hard shell case has stamped to its convex cover, in gold, a column of eight kanji characters. A fabric hinge connects the cover along its upper edge to its base. Both the interior and exterior of the case exhibit the expected age wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $60.00

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