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J012158 CASED ORDER OF THE GOLDEN KITE, 6TH CLASS, WITH AWARD DOCUMENT. The Order of the Golden Kite ("Kinshi Kunsho"), established in February of 1890, was a purely military award for bravery or leadership. General officers were eligible for its first to third grades, field officers its second to fourth, junior officers its third to fifth, non-commissioned officers its fourth to sixth, and soldiers its fifth to seventh grades. The Order was abolished in 1947. This sixth class, gold plated silver award is in the form of crossed Samurai shields, with crossed, sheathed swords laid over them, banners with heraldic devices along either side of them, and, to the center, a vertical, sheathed halberd, surmounted by a spread winged, gilded falcon. The falcon is the "kite" from which the award takes its name, and relates to a story about the first Japanese emperor, who, after having been defeated by a rival prince, was sent a divine messenger in the form of a golden falcon, who advised his successful counter-attack, and who perched atop his standard during the battle. The reverse is featureless. A perforated ball is to the top of the falcon’s head, through which passes the ribbon’s suspension ring. Fed unto the ring is a 1 7/16" wide, watered silk ribbon, in blue/green, which has a 3/16" wide, vertical white stripe 1/8" in from either edge. An elongated, vertical alloy hook is to its top, which folds down and mates with an eye sewn near the base of its reverse. The ribbon is moderately age soiled, and the gold wash to the medal has dulled and worn. A 9/16" wide lapel ribbon is also included, which is in the form of a bow, 1" across, bound to its center to a 7/16" diameter white button to its reverse. This smaller ribbon mimics the larger one, and is similarly soiled, but more noticeably color faded. The medal and ribbon are nested into corresponding depressions to the hinged, purple velvet interior base of its original presentation case, whose interior lid is lined in padded, purple silk. The velvet is moderately nap worn, although the silk exhibits only light usage wear. The exterior of the 2 3/8" x 3 7/16" x 1 1/16", black lacquered wooden case has a column of gold painted, stylized kanji characters to its cover, the second down being that for the number "6." A hinged alloy closure device and corresponding stud is to its forward edge, and a wide alloy hinge is along its rear edge. The exterior of the case is lightly surface scratched, and it has several small chips along its edges. Accompanying the cased award is an original, 23 5/8" x 18 1/8" paper award document, which has a decorative floral border printed to it, punctuated by alternating Imperial Chrysanthemums and Paulownia leaves and flowers, with an enlarged, sixteen-petaled Imperial Chrysanthemum, within a wreath of the same, breaking the top center of the border, and a color image of the sixth class award, within a similar wreath, breaking the bottom center. The Imperial seal, in red and within a square, is beneath the Imperial Chrysanthemum. Eight columns of kanji characters are printed to the right of the document, and five to the left, with the third column from the right including the indication that this document is for the sixth class of the award. The sixth column from the right indicates that the award was bestowed during the 2597th year of the empire, or more specifically, as is indicated to both the seventh and ninth columns, "Showa era, 12th Year, 9th Month, 1st Day," or, 1st September, 1937. The Bureau of Merit and Award seal, in red and within a circle, is to the upper left, beneath which is the name, title and red seal of the Director General (column ten from the right), the registry number 137942 on the roster of merits (column eleven), and then the name, title and red seal of the secretary (column thirteen). A watermark, in the form of the Imperial Chrysanthemum, may be seen to the upper right of the document. The paper is typically, lightly age yellowed and soiled, but has no tears, significant creasing or edge wear.
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