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Finally i have the Golden kite set 1st class and 2nd with original box, but only the sash is repro. :lol:

Your dreams come true pretty quick ;)

No wonder ...

Now we know who won these auctions and got his 1st class Kite for less than 18 k's :whistle:

Breast star came from this auction http://www.ebay.com/itm/FIVE-JAPANESE-MEDALS-/200856850646?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D3908713423158817387%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D200856850646%26

Sash badge came from this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-WWII-Japanese-Enamel-Medal-Order-of-the-Golden-Kite-/380629662732?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589f4bbc0c#ht_562wt_1141

And the box came from april JapanYahoo auction (I bet the clasp is still broken :whistle:)

Did I miss anything? :lol:

Congrats! :beer:

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Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Your patience and persistence certainly paid off and it is great to see a complete set.

It's like assembling a vintage Spitfire from different parts. The end result is just beautiful.

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Haha you got it perfectly Mr. Nick, your like a detective of medals :ninja: and Thank you also.... i have fix the broken clasp already, by replacing it came from a repro box also...to avoid accidentally open the box (fall out all the medals :speechless1: ) and to have more safety in the medals.

Thank you also Drclaw and welcome too. your right need patience and persistence, it is really nice to see a set of it in a box. :lol:

:cheers: who want some beer :lol:


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Haha you got it perfectly Mr. Nick, your like a detective of medals :ninja:


Cool set! :cheers:

Sash badge and breast star perfectly match ;)

Only the box is worrying me ...



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Here is some details of the box... what do you think??? :unsure:

some stain inside the box and the metal have some corrosion.....

in the lock can see the old one and the replacement that i have made

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Unfortunately I think this is replica :(

Although somebody tried very hard to mimic the meiji box script (I wonder why they chose the meiji epoch... ) and artificially aged the box.

But the script still looks wrong (and inscription itself - there is one excess hieroglyph that shouldn't be on the cover of the meiji box)

Paulownia leaf also looks wrong ...

Same goes to the interior material (color and texture).

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Yes, but it looks like these were made by hand...

Maybe what we have here are just consequences of this handicraft?

I am afraid its not the case ...

All boxes for two higher classes of kites that I saw (from 1895-1905 period of time) had very similar style ...

Take a look at these additional examples ;)

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Now let`s examine these kanji under the numeral ;)

As we know ealier boxes for golden kites (in all classes!) have four kanji under the numeral and later (Showa epoch) have five kanji.

Take a look at this gallery


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