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Lovely Nick!

Both Prince Oyama and Marquis Nozu are wearing the Second Type, First Class, Third Grade breast star, awarded between 1902-1911.

These are beautiful and comprised an orange / red coral centre stone and pearl top stone.

You can identify it as a Third Grade star by the pattern of five-petal flowers surrounding the centre stone, and the pearls set in the individual clouds in the outer border surrounding the medallion.

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Viscount Kodama Gentaro, also wearing a First Class, Third Grade Double Dragon.

Kodama helped etablish the modern Japanese army, served in the Sino-Japanese War, was Governor-General of tehe newly acquired Taiwan, held Cabinet positions, before serving as Chief of General Staff of the Manchurian Army (Chief-of-Staff to Marshall Kodama) during the Russo-Japanese War.

He was considered Japan's best general and mastermind behind the successful land war in Manchuria.

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I wonder if British generals ever felt medal envy when meeting their foreign counterparts.

Under the 1855 Regulations respecting Foreign Orders, British subjects were required to apply for permission to accept or wear any Foreign Order.

Permission would only be granted where the Foreign Order was conferred in consequence of active and distinguished service before the enemy; or where the recipient was employed in the service of the foreign sovereign.

Most British generals might wear at most a single breast star of the Order of the Bath, unless he was lucky enough to have served in India or Egypt.

So British officers were decidedly spartan in their appearance, compared to their bling covered counterparts from Russia, German and Japan.

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I wonder if British generals ever felt medal envy when meeting their foreign counterparts.

Under the 1855 Regulations respecting Foreign Orders, British subjects were required to apply for permission to accept or wear any Foreign Order.

Many their foreign counterparts (including Japanese) before wear anything "exported" were required to apply for permission ;)

Even Manchu awards issued in 30s have two docs: original Manchu + Japanese permission to wear!

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