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  1. I have always wanted to create a database of these things as there are dozens of designs out there. Not sure if worth much effort
  2. Their translation of it is way off from what I can read. Its anti/fight Japanese badge. I know the first couple words on the 2nd line says 3rd war zone/area. Not sure where they got a "5" from. Soldier has his rifle pointed at the "rising sun." Like the others said, fakes or fantasies of badges to sell to tourists.
  3. I believe the tip is to help reduce the recoil. When the rifle is fired, the recoil forces it to go up. As the gas leaves the barrel, the bottom tip part diverts the gas to leave from the top forcing the rifle to go down. Both forces try to balance out and thus reducing recoil and improves aim while firing. Its a beautiful AK by the way!
  4. I believe its 6th class Order of the Cloud and Banner.
  5. To me it looks like 紀念章, which just means Commemorative medal. Usually these warlords are always commemorating something
  6. Japan

    I am not sure on medal bars in this post.. ..but I was surprised to see this 1st lt. with a "7th" class Sacred Treasure. His hat looks lighter, probably a Imperial guard or something, forgot the name.
  7. The top gold one is from the 1950s. The one with the Red ribbon and white ribbon are coins. Damaged coins, so not worth much. One is one yuan silver coin, the other is 10 cash copper coin painted silver. You also have a Victory medal from the 1970s and a Taiwan period Air force Exemplary Medal. A hat badge from 1940s it seems.
  8. Oh wow... I assume silver or silver-like metal plated. Getting closer, but the enamel and other mistakes are horrible.
  9. Yeah probably polished, the high points are worn down.
  10. I haven't seen any Chinese fakes replicate the exact same font. They use modern font to stamp the medals. Both have the manufacturer marks circled in red. You did point out that the Brilliant Star and Cloud and Banner use the same base layer, didn't realize that, so it could be either one.
  11. Somebody must be bored.. thats an Order of the Cloud and Banner.. or was..
  12. China

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/antiques/9075120/Mystery-over-51m-sale-of-Chinese-vase.html Bidder refused to pay the 20% fee of £8.3 million. Total sale was over £51 million. The most expensive bidder remorse? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263411/20m-Chinese-vase-finally-paid-solicitor-half-50m-went-auction.html Sold for half the price about 2 years later after much drama.
  13. China

    I can't imagine what the auction house is going through right now and how to recover that painting. Maybe they have it insured...
  14. China

    More than medals breaking records.. http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-cup-auctioned-record-breaking-36m-065323364.html?bcmt=1396971763735-8cabdf4c-6c39-4c7a-9545-e263f2c83654
  15. China

    Not may have access to YJ auctions. And third party bidding companies can limit your bidding at times too. Need to try to persuade them why you want to bid 2,500,000+ yen and they may want to see if you can put a deposit maybe.