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Order of the Double Dragon 2nd Class

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21 hours ago, JapanX said:

Looks nice.

Could be the european work. 

Thanks. I wonder if this is a sash badge as it is only about 55mm wide? It does not seam large enough for a neck order.

Any idea of the value? These orders are all over the place in pricing. 

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Looks 3/2 to me. European c. 1910 value give or take 1000 bucks

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It should be third class, second grade. The second class has coral in the middle too and has a different design for the neck version. Third class has the blue glass and should all be neck awards, even though its quite large.

Maybe somebody felt it was too big and heavy to be worn on the neck and had a jeweler create a smaller version. I have seen several examples where some of these were converted to breast stars because they are really big lol. Chinese medals were kind of crude overall. The enameling is quite the artwork though. 

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The enamelling of the dragons' eyes are a nice touch. Another way to identify the third class is the blue enamelling of the centre medallion. 

European-manufactured Second Type Double Dragons are sometimes encountered but very few have makers' marks on them. My favourite are the Bacqueville ones with green enamelling.

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I received the medal yesterday, it is a much better quality piece then I expected from going off of the original photos I posted. It does measure 58mm across. No maker markings on the back. I am guessing the added disk in the back is just for weight. 

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