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  1. Chinese Order of the Double Dragon. Interesting combination, which puzzle me, 'cause I thought this class of the Chinese order is for higher ranking. Beside this, no long service decoration, no further awards... BR, Chris
  2. Gents, Did anybody of you guys won the Benemerenti auction lot-no. 1031 (Document Group of a Matrose of the Trade-Submarine "Deutschland" / Ponape 1911.)? I would be happy to get in touch with the winner! BR, Gensui

    • FOR SALE

    Gents, I’m offering a very nice award document / certification for the (Japanese) Capital Rehabilitation Medal. This document was awarded to a Secretary Post office Mr. Joshitane TAKAHASHI (or maybe TAKABASHI) on 1st May 1931 with the award no. 120755. The document is basically fine overall, but unfortunately folded three times. Asking price is 150 Euro. Please note, it's excl. shipping cost, which needs to be added to the price! Payment via money transfer. Paypal is ok, too, while adding 4%. If further photos needed, feel free to ask at any time! Br, Chris


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    China Incident Commemorative Medal

    Seems like official documents from a Japanese archive. Do you have any sources-information on this wonderful documents? BR, Chris
  5. Gents, After some thoughts and some discussion with the member Leutwein, I have doubt on the ribbon bars as well. Leutwein pointed out, that this ribbon bar (with the MVO4mKrX) should be, at least, to a Major-rank. But there is no long service medal for 25 years, which he should received basically. Beside this, it looks like a construction after the 1930s, and I'd like to refer on below link (thanks, Leutwein!) http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/related/ribbons/construction.htm BR, Chris
  6. What I feel strange about are the different conditions between ribbon and medal. Seems like cleaned ribbon, while medal have a patina. No worries about authenticity. BR, Chris
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    Imperial German medal bars


    • WANTED

    Gents, I'm always interested in Imperial German medal bars, which are related to the former colonies. Especially to China, Samoa, Deutsch-Neuguinea and Venezuela. Please feel free to send me any offer directly via pm. Thanks and br, Chris


  8. As far as I remember, seller declared the Tsekingkwan clasp itself as "tailor's copy". Br, Chris
  9. I hope this is ok? Otherwise, you need to be patient, 'till I take this bar back from the safe desposit box. BR, Chris
  10. Hi Alex, Yes, it's Borns medal bar. As far as I know, Anton "Toni" Heinrich Kaspar Born was born in 1890 in St. Goashausen, Hessen-Nassau. He received the MEZ 2 for his service at Pohnpei in 1911. But I am not sure, which ship Born joined during this time (SMS Emden, SMS Nuernberg, SMS Cormoran). I have a copy of a postcard; no. 21 is Born. BR, Chris
  11. Gents, Please allow me to share my contribution to this interesting topic: Within the estate of the former U-Deutschland member seaman 1st class Anton Born, who served as engineer on the U-Deutschland and was interned in the US, was this “Iron Cross” with the counterfeit of Paul Koenig as well as an ash tray, made out of the scrapped Deutschland. BR, Chris
  12. Gents, I’d like to share my latest acquisition with you – a cased 25th Wedding Anniversary Commemorative Medal. The case is slightly dented alongside, but I’m hesitating trying any “repair” (e.g. pushing the “scratch/dent “from the inside). There might be a risk that the lacquer surface will flake. I may clean the surface of the case, but won’t touch this nice patina of the medal itself. There is a visible indentation in the insight of the case and I guess, this medal “slept” in the case for a long time. I’m curious, how long it will take to get the award document for this beauty… Does anybody know, if foreigners were awarded with this medal? For example, any foreign ambassadors or diplomats, who joined this ceremony? Comments are welcome - enjoy the pics! BR, Chris
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    1894 25th Wedding Anniversary Medal

    …to be honest, I don’t believe here in a golden version of this medal. Case looks mostly like the one for the Promulgation medal and the medal itself could be a “deadly-polished†silver medal. I’m not sure about the base material of this medal. I would had expect some more prominent case with some golden flower décor (compare to the case of the silver medal) for the golden Wedding Anniversary Medal... BR, Chris
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    1894 25th Wedding Anniversary Medal

    ...and in GOLD Happy bidding... BR, Chris
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    1894 25th Wedding Anniversary Medal

    Gents, For all those who are still looking for a nice Valentines gift: Wedding Anniversary Medal in silver …
  16. Thanks a lot! I need to repeat - an absolute stunning historical piece with a beautiful "story behind" BR, Chris
  17. Ulsterman, Can you post a complete scan of the back side? I'd like to see the complete devotion starting with " Herrn Hauptmann Scealte". I'm just curious, why a Japanese officer provided his photo to an American officer in German language, not in English or even French...
  18. Well, I'll check my documents if I still have them. But I'm afraid, I must scan them (only hard copy). I guess, this kind of rivalry isnt' limited to Japan? We still have this rivalry between navy and army in Germany. The first think I learned during my basic training in the navy was, “gold will never salute against silverâ€. (While the navy members had golden insignia/chevron, the army had silver ones). It was a nice experience for me to see, that the navy guys always felt “something specialâ€â€¦ BR, Chris
  19. Hi IrishGunner, I guess, you’re thinking about the General Fukushima Yasumasa (1852 –1919)? Fukushima was military attaché in Berlin from March 1887 to December 1891. He joined the sino-japanese war in 1894/95, the Boxer rebellion in 1900 and the russo-japanese war in 1904/1905. He’s an interesting person, because he was a cofounder of the Japanese Kenpeitai (military police). Indeed, he went back to Japan by horse, which took him approx. 14 months. Some further information can be found here: http://www.thelongridersguild.com/fukushima.htm BR, Chris Edit: crossing post
  20. Hi Ulsterman, Thanks for your information! No sorry, I can only send you my German master theses. It brings back the memories to me, reading my own writting, strong influence of the "chôdohi" (the hand of Satsuma, Chôshû, Tosa Hi-zen) and their overwhelming influence on the navy. But it's a general problem. I remember my Professor tried to keep me away for my master thesis due to the lack of sources. Fortunately, I was able to find some great helpers with David C. Evans (who already passed away) and Mark R. Peattie (author of the book “Kaigunâ€), who provided me unpublished material, especially about the role of the Satsuma clan. BR, Chris
  21. Hello Ulsterman, A very nice photo and interesting history! During my studies about the foreign influence on the developing of the Japanese Navy in the 19th Century under foreign influence, I observed the so-called oyatoi gaikokujin (hired foreigners) and the ryûgaku sei (Japanese students, who studied aboard). Especially in the history of the army, the German Kaiserreich played an important role. Here is some further information/confirmation about TAMURA Okinosuke, which you already mentioned as well. He served as Major of the artillery in Magdeburg and Berlin from August 1902 until April 1905. He spent one year within a German field artillery regiment. From October 1910 until January 1913 he was appointed as military attaché in Berlin and was promoted to lieutenant-general. After he came back to Japan, he was commanded in the general staff of the Japanese Army as Leader of the Buro No. 4. Within this office, he was responsible for cartography Military History, Translation and the Archive/Military Records. Source: HARTMANN, Rudolf (2007): Japanische Offiziere im Deutschen Kaiserreich 1870-1914, in: Japonica Humboldtiana, 11, S. 93-158. I would love to see a scan of the back side with the signature… PS: Which source did you used for your information? BR, Chris
  22. Gents, Today, I’d like to share my latest acquisition with you. My shortly arrived set of “Japanese Capital Rehabilitation Commemoration medal”, incl. the medal itself, the case and the medal wrapping paper. In my opinion, a nice catch with the Osaka Mint "M" hallmark on top of the knob. Now, I’m looking for the award document to complete this set Any offers are welcome BR, Chris
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    Japanese Capital Rehabilitation Commemoration medal

    Gents, It took me some time, but finally I could complete my medal set (see post no. 1): a nice award document for this beauty. This document was awarded on 1st May 1931 to the Secretary of the Minister of Finance Mr. WADA Masahiko with the number 6621. BR, Chris
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    Original Great East Asia War Medal

    Sorry... I'm still waiting for better Pictures, since I contacted seller. But not sure, if he will send better photos. BR, Chris