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He is wearing court uniform for civil official.

There were three highest subcategories of civil officials.

Imperial appointees / 勅任官 / chokuninkan

Non-Imperially appointed senior officials / 奏任官 / sōninkan

Junior officials / 判任官 / hanninkan

He is Sōninkan.

Original line drawings for Sōninkan uniform.





This is how it looks en personne.








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The back of the photo reads 

November 3, 1899 

天長節撮影 - photographed at Emperor's Birthday 

従六位 -  Junior Sixth Court Rank

勲六等 - 6th class [order of] merit (so now we know that he is wearing 6th class sacred treasure order)

伊谷脩 - Itani Osamu




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Hi Nick,

Thank you for having answered to my request... and beyond !! !!  with all these very useful complements about the hierarchy of the system of civil servants.

Still another documentation to be carefully kept.



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