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  1. ..just picked these up ,pretty early numbered ...post war ?? been told they were also used as reunion wings for Flying Tiger Vets AVG...anyway thought I would share ..they are early and appear cast. cheers steve
  2. Hello friends! Please help determine the authenticity of this order weight = 68 grams
  3. Take a look at this gorgeous photo of Admiral Shao-Kuan/ (10.07.1889 - 07.30 1969).
  4. The Order of the Double Dragon was instituted in 1882 as an award exclusive to foreigners. Sir Robert Hart, who designed the order, pushed for it to be extended to Chinese citizens. In 1886, he wrote in a letter: "I am also going to get it suggested to the [Zongli] Yamen that, in order to make the [Double Dragon] better known and give it standing abroad as a Chinese decoration it would do well to cause each Chinese Minister abroad to wear it!". Given the entrenched conservatism of the Qing court, his advice was not acted upon for over 20 years. The accepted view is that the Double Dragon was extended to Chinese citizens in August 1908. In his excellent 2002 JOMSA article, King Kwok referred to the Qing decrees that it was intended that awards be restricted to Chinese diplomats abroad and to local officials responsible for managing foreign affairs. Court records however indicated that the award to Chinese citizens was not limited to these two categories. Chinese recipients included for example Manchu princes; officials in charge of the Army Department and the Agriculture, Industry and Commerce Department; the Admiral of the Imperial Fleet Duan Fang; and the Captain of the Cruiser Hai Qi, the most powerful warship in the Imperial Fleet after the Sino-Japanese War in 1894. Unlike the awards of the Early Republic, the Double Dragon was very sparingly conferred on Chinese citizens - only on Manchu princes and senior officials. Photographs of Chinese recipients are therefore rare. Here are the images I've managed to find. First, Manchu princes resign en-masse after the Revolution. Princes Zaixun (third left) and Zaitao (fifth left) were brothers of the regent and uncles of Emperor Puyi. Both received Ministerial posts in the reorganised Imperial Cabinet of April 1911, which included eight Manchu princes, one Mongol and just four Han to the fury of the Han Chinese that made up over 90 per cent of the population. Prince Zaixun was appointed China’s first Minister of the Navy in December 1910 and is seen wearing the uniform of an admiral. Zaixun and Zaitao received the First Class, Second Grade Double Dragon in 1909 and four of the princes are wearing Double Dragon insignia. The individual on the far left is wearing the five-petal neck badge of the Second Class. He appears to be Yinchang, who was Minister for War. He was a senior Manchu but not a Prince which explains why he is wearing the Second Class and not the First. Four are also wearing the Imperial Nobility Badge introduced in 1909. That insignia was later adopted by the Republic as the Order of Rank and Merit in 1913
  5. I think it will be very interesting and extremely useful to talk about this beautiful Medal of Armed Forces Let’s go for it! They call it Medal of Armed Forces a.k.a. Army, Navy, and Air Force Medal a.k.a. Armed Forces General Medal a.k.a. Medal of Armed Forces a.k.a. Military Medal a.k.a. Army and Navy Medal Too many names for one medal? Not my fault! The original name of this medal
  6. medal of china 1955. medal of 8.1 is diffcurt to find.
  7. Let’s have a little talk about this mysterious “Merit Medal”. This so-called Chinese Republic Merit Medal which is also known as Merit Medal of the Republic Silver Merit Medal of the Republic Medal for Military Merit Original inscription on the medal obverse (this could be translated as “Medal of the Republic of China”)
  8. A rarely seen breast star. This specimen is a little damaged: pin missing, four pearls broken and a few cracks to the enamel. Nevertheless, I think it's always nice to see this rare pieces.
  9. There are FOUR types of this medal: the first three bear reverse inscriptions and the annual dates 1951, 1952, and 1953. The final type is completely smooth on back with no date, and was awarded from 1954 until approximately 1959, when the "friendship" wore periodically thin. The dated types seem to be Chinese made, while the smooth backs are of noticably finer quality-- and are the ONLY type found cased, that I have seen. I don't have a 1951 version. Here are, first, 1952, 1953 and smooth back side by side for relative size comparison: The sewn ribbons are generally soft-- without backings, and attach with the usual tiny Chinese ribbon pin. Stars are always found on the full size ribbon as an extra embellishment signifying nothing. The oldest example here replaced a missing Chinese made star with a Soviet junior officer rank star. No stars were worn on ribbon bars: Although double awards ARE known from photographic evidence of the medals being worn, documentation of which variety or varieties is not. On a ribbon bar, since this ribbon was shared by a variety of Chinese Civil War medals, exact identification is not possible.
  10. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful (and rare) order of the early Republic. Original chinese name of this decoration word by word translation
  11. The illusive and beautiful Order of the White Tiger makes its appearance on eBay! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Unknown-Early-Republic-of-China-Chinese-Xinjiang-Warlord-Medal-White-Tiger-Order-/150987151856?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23278919f0 Richard
  13. I have always wanted to make a database for the Order of the Cloud and Banner as it seems relatively many survived as being awarded to foreigners. It will include class, serial number, manufacturer, date awarded (if available), name (if available), source found. Let me know if anything else should be added or removed. Medal manufacturer names will be included later since I don't have the Chinese name for them yet. There is some other auctions to go through later. If you want to submit a serial number and/or picture post it below and I will add it to the list. Please include the source. 1st Class 2nd Class 495 - NM,ebay:Aug 2010 3rd Class 73 - GMIC:Irish 4th Class 5th Class 361 - NM,ebay:Apr 2011 6th Class 184 - WAF:Allan H. 473 - LaGallerie:Jan2008 513 - usmilitariaforum:Dave,LtCol. Tom Gibbons! 888 - militaryaviationartifacts 1271 - NM,Affliated Auctions(liveauctioneers):Dec2010,1947Nov15,MSgt Ralph O. Loving 2156 - GMIC:hugh 2213 - usmilitariaforum:Jack's Son,LtCol. Elgin B. Rittenberry! 2910 - flyingtigerantiques 3691 - NM,MBA Auction(liveauctioneers):Apr2012,1946Dec23,Name? 3696 - flyingtigerantiques 7th Class 15 - coinarchives.com 274 - NM,ebay:Jun2011 910 - WAF:helmetbuyers 1043 - usmilitariaforum:coberry731,Capt. Elmer Berry 1408 - usmilitariaforum:Jack's Son 2245 - NM,ebay:Mar2011 8th Class 127 - flyingtigerantiques 449 - usmilitariaforum:manayunkman, PFC Raymond A. Comfort 563 - LaGallerie:Nov2012,1946Aug??, TSgt Carl H. Weber 9th Class 551 - WAF:Paul V 876 - usmilitariaforum NM= Manufacturer mark is not available ! with names means rank was awarded after the award.
  14. I am sure that many of you are familiar with this piece Obverse Reverse
  15. Hello, can someone tell me which class of double dragon (under the Stanislaus-Orden 2. Klasse ) he carries? Thanks Thomas
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    Hi i have some asian medals and i can't find any information about it please help me if you can , Thank you
  17. Hi! Could anyone help me identifying these medals? We have had them 10 years and have gotten an offer for them but since I dont know what they are, I was hoping someone recognized them. I appreciate any help at all. Thank you!
  19. Dear All in the next Morton and Eden auction on 27 June there is an interesting hear shaped Birthday commemorative dated 1922 (lot 40). I have since been in formed that it commemorates the 61st birthday of the important Hong-Kong businessman and philanthropist Sir Robert Hotung KBE (1862-1956) who has a large entry on Wikapedia, the reason it is his 61st Birthday is that Chinese consider their birthday to be the date of conception so that you are 1 year old when you reach 3 months. Paul
  20. Chinese awards are not easy to deal with. We all know that. All these types, grades and classes are very confusing. Putting it mildly… And as if we don’t have enough troubles already, some of them are very much alike in their appearance. Especially those that were created during troubled times known to us today under the name “Warlords period”. In this thread we will talk about this confusing similarity and its possible causes. But fist of all we need to examine some of the most striking cases of this similarity.
  21. Couple have me puzzled, one is obviously a Naval Piece, the other a visit piece any help gratefully received Many thanks in advance. Paul
  22. Dear all, A very interesting Ching dynasty gold medal will be offered at public auction on April 11th in Paris by the auction house of Thierry de Maigret, under number 337. Though wrongly cataloged as being a first type Double Dragon, this gold medal was awarded to French rear-admiral Henri Martineau des Chesnez (1816-1904). Another extraordinary Chinese piece of history that will feed a very rich April auction calendar (Hong Kong, London, Paris....you name it, you get it...) http://www.thierrydemaigret.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=3807656&np=1&lng=fr&npp=10000&ordre=&aff=&r= Regards to all. KimKan
  23. Gentlemen, Recently I was reading about the Chinese visit to Germany in 1937. The Chinese Finance Minister Kung arrived in Berlin on 9 June 1937. He visited Hermann Goring on 11 June, Hitler on 13 June and also Generalfeldmarschall Werner von Blomberg that afternoon. Here in Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel’s memoirs (English Translation) he notes that a “high Chinese Medal†was bestowed on von Blomberg. I am assuming Herman Goring was given an award also. Are there any award rolls or record of what this award might have been? I look forward to any help you can offer, regarding this query. Many thanks Pierce
  24. Does anyone have a clue about what this is?
  25. Dear all, A hard-to-find 2nd Class Pao Hsing medal in pristine condition will be on sale at public auction in Paris next week : http://www.beaussant-lefevre.com/flash/index.jsp?id=21817&idCp=92&lng=fr A beautiful piece indeed bestowed upon a French civil engineer in 1881, just one year before the creation of the Double Dragon. Estimate of 8,000 to 12,000 Euros seems a bit low for that type of medal. We will see next week where the market stands. Regards to all. KimKan
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