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  1. Hi Nick Here are the two-sided photos of the medal I hope it will help you for dating order. I have some tamatebako miyake boxes but unfortunately most of the medals have no markings, except the ones I spotted. The 3rd class is in a standard case but can be era Taisho? what do you think? the medal has a M punch. the 6th class medal (3rd photo, bottom left) next to the 3rd class medal with standard case seems to me the oldest of all, maybe Meiji era? Regards Patout
  2. Hi Nick, Very interesting document of L.o.H. concerning the very first Franco-Japanese mission, start of a long collaboration between France and Japan About my legion of honor and rising sun, the legion of honor has no manufacturer’s mark and the rising sun has no mark (I have looked carefully... nothing !) both medals are unfortunately very common. Patout
  3. Hi, According to me, and according to what I have observed, the mark of the imperial workshop of the medals of Ozaka: "M" appeared in 1929 and was in use until 1936, and I think it’s the same for the other marks Cordially Patout
  4. Hi Hendrik Thanks a lot for this very interesting link........... and thank you also for opening to me this new research trail about : "difficult events in several counties in the months of February, March, April and May 1906" very cordially Patout (France-Vendée)
  5. Hi "Ravenft" For me it is the workshop of: 幣"- Zōheikyoku sei. Osaka’s mark is simply a "M" cordially. But maybe our friend Nick can tell you more. cordially
  6. Hi "922F" Thank you for your interest in this small article. Very cordially Patout
  7. Hi "Balkan collector" I am glad that this short post has interest you very cordially Patout
  8. Born on August 13, 1878, François Nicolas, Charles le Bleu was admitted to the Special Military School in 1899, he left as lieutenant at the age of 25 in 1903. He was promoted captain in 1914 and was assigned to the general staff of an infantry brigade at the time of the war. He then conducts night reconnaissance near enemy lines in order to define the location of the trenches and map them. During one of these recognitions, he was seriously injured by three shrapnel on 14 June 1915 in front of Angres (Pas de Calais). He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour (Journal Officiel of 21/07/1915) and decorated with the cross of war with a silver star and a palm. From then on, he was an invalid of war and was successively attached to the general staff of the military government of Paris (by ministerial decree of 26 November 1915) under the orders of General Maunoury until 1916, then (by presidential decree of 18 January 1917) General Dubail until 1918. He was finally attached (ministerial decree of 27 March 1920) to the general staff of General Nivelle, a member of the superior council of the war. He was released from military service on 1 November 1924, and died on 10 March 1963 at the age of 85. During his career at the General Staff, he was involved in the installation, accommodation and security of foreign delegations at the Allied Conference in July 1917 and the Paris Peace Conference (January to August 1919) which will prepare the signing of the Treaty of Versailles signed on 28 June 1919 and promulgated on 10 January 1920. On September 12, 1920, he was made 5th class of the rising sun for services rendered. Very curiously, his hierarchical superior General Nivelle receives the same decoration... and especially the same rank: 5th class.!!! It must be deduced from this that the nickname "butcher" of it, following the tragic affair of the "chemin des dames" battle and the mutinies which followed from it were not at all of the taste and in the mind of the Japanese, it seems probable. The fact that General Dubail was made 1st class of the order of the sacred treasure seems to well corroborate this hypothesis Below are some pictures (source: Gallica, bibliothèque nationale de France) of the various Japanese delegations from 1917 to 1920: 1/ Presentation of a sword of honour by the Emperor of Japan Taisho, presented by his ambassador in France Keishiro Matsui, at the Grand Palace (2 photos) in Paris on November 29, 1917 (during the war time) to commemorate the Battle of Verdun (end of the Battle of Verdun on December 19, 1916) and raise the city of Verdun to the dignity of a martyred city 2°/ peace conference (January 1919 to January 1920) in front of Trianon Palace on May 7, 1919 arrival of delegations 3°/ Peace Conference the Marquis of Saiongï, representative of Japan 4°/ Peace Conference, Baron Matsui (ambassador) leaves the quay of Orsay 5°/ Members of the Japanese delegation 6°/ French protection around the hosting of the Japanese delegation Patout
  9. Nick, I found this photo in a newsletter of the association "the national aviation magazine" Taisho era. it is a medal concerning aviation.... or may be airships (dirigeables) but has it existed ? is what you know it, never seen for my part !! Patout
  10. Hello Nick Thanks Really what a pleasure it is to have an answer to all my questions, and with in addition "cerise sur le gâteau" as we say in France (icing on the cake), the name of the manufacturer. I didn’t understand why we found this medal with and without ribbon I didn’t know there were three kinds of badges, it's clear now !! thanks for the photo of the diploma that I had never seen, as well as for the date of end of production of this badge. Regards Patout
  11. Hello ! happy new year dear fellow collectors I wish you that the year 2020 was suitable for you to find good discoveries....... or nuggets, !!!! For me the dream came true I finally found the gold medal of imperial aviation society I’d been looking for years. And luckily this medal is complete with its case, and will be perfect next to the silver gilt model I own. I have a request about the inscription inside the lid. Can someone translate it ? and especially the left column Nick said : another possible scenario "for long meritorious service" but, does this inscription refer to a higher class or a special service? that would differentiate this model from the basic silver gilt model ? because I do not know if the case and the inscription are identical on the basic model (silver gilt) and the gold one. Most of the models encountered are from the Taisho era, is this medal was distributed a lot under the Showa era or was its manufacture stopped? and when? Furthemore It seems to me that the medal (with ribbon) was reserved for foreigners and the version badge (without ribbon) was given to Japanese. This because I have never seen a picture of a Japanese pilot (civilian or military) with this medal. What do you think of this hypothesis ? I see that no one presents a picture of the diploma accompanying the medal is it because is it because no one among our colleagues has it ? Regards Patout
  12. Hi Nick, thank you very much for these answers, for your investments and the time spent. Regards Patout
  13. I have in my collection these three almost identical boxes for documents of Showa era. I am only able to understand "imperial army" without knowing the rank and function of the soldier and their names. If anyone can translate ?... this help will be greatly appreciated. Then I have a question for the experts about the colour of the cord (ribbon, string ?) around these boxes. As we know the name "order of merit" is used for both order of R.S. and S.T. In this case where the box mentions "ONLY" one medal, can we conclude that it is the colour of the cord that allows to indicate which order it is (red for R.S. and purple for S.T.) ? right or wrong ? see below : 7th class of S.Treasure with purple cord? Regards Patout
  14. Hi Nick, Once again, thank you for all this information. Everything can be no more precise or detailed. Everything is there !! The photo of the small booklet on the lacquer shop with its history is also very interesting. very cordially Patout
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