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Wound Badge Evolution


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Now let’s go back to the wound badges issued by different prefectures.

Basically there are two variations of prefecture badges

1) badges with prefecture emblem in the center of the obverse

2) badges with prefecture kanji in the center of the obverse

Usually both variations have stamped numbers on reverse.

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But why we have second variation with kanji-center?

Maybe this is because many prefecture emblems were created only in the late 70s and creators of the badges had no option other than to use kanji?

Here comes the name list of all 47 prefectures.

I hope it will help our colleagues to identify some prefecture badges of second variation.

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The one on the left says Hiroshima.

Hmmm. I wonder how many different kanjis is in use for one prefecture name.... :rolleyes:

Not Oita but Aichi as written on reverse.

Nope...The photos of reverses were mixed up in posts 107-108. :lol:

My bad.

Cheers Rich :cheers:

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And another interesting example of wound association badge (unidentified).

Referring to the white enamel badge, this kanji is the classical style of 傷 (wound), according to my dictionary of calligraphy styles.

By the way, I didn't mention how great these posts are. Thank you, Nick!

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Referring to the white enamel badge, this kanji is the classical style of 傷 (wound), according to my dictionary of calligraphy styles.

By the way, I didn't mention how great these posts are. Thank you, Nick!

Yes.. This different writing styles could be tricky ....

Thanks for info Rich! :beer:

Nick

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A little add-on about boxes for late type 4.1 and type 4.2 badges.

After examining many different boxed type 4 specimens I think that it will be permissible for me to make the following statement.

Sensho (for wounds in battle) badges usually came in balsa/cardboard boxes with gold kanji on the cover.

Kosho (for wounds in public service) badges usually came in balsa/cardboard boxes with silver kanji on the cover.

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