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    Classification of Golden Kites in 6th and 7th class


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    Here we go again.


    Yes, again!

    This time we will hit lower classes. :violent:

    What for? Something wrong with the old classification for 6 and 7 class?

    No. Everything fine with it.

    So why we need a new one?

    This classification will be just more in-depth, made for “mad about”, “can’t live without” golden kites aficionados.

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    As usual there are three columns. Left – a photo of a Kite. Central – my attribution of the piece to specific time period (Meiji–Taisho–Showa). Right – number under which the given type of a kite will be mentioned in the further discussion.

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    Short note about reverses

    All types have identical polished reverses. For this reason reverses will be ignored in our further discussion. It is only necessary to notice that on some copies of type 7 there is a stamp mark in the form of latin letter M which usually can be found on the centre of the "tail". This is Osaka Mint mark. Also it will be interesting to note that on "tails" of type 1 and 2 we usually meet two deep thin sawcuts which repeat the bottom part of a pole (sawcuts on the majority of signs are made inaccurately and often have different length). At types 3 and 4 such sawcuts are almost imperceptible (or are only slightly indicated). Types 5 and type 6 have wide sawcuts of the correct geometrical form of a square or a rectangle. Type 7 has sawcuts of the form of a square. This nuance can be studied on the following two compilations of most common variants. Compilations also show us potential instability of this feature.

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    Type 3.2 Meiji “Diamond border”

    Practically the same kite body (only the head of a kite is more raised). Stamp differences. All badges of this type (that I met) had a diamond border on obverse (on perimeter) and on mitzutomo signs. Very interesting and beautiful sub version!

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