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    Claspless Spring Loaded Plastic (?) Cases for Rising Suns and Sacred Treasures


    TracA

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    Greetings,

     

    In my collection I have two claspless, spring loaded what I believe to be plastic cases. When fully opened the lid stays up. One is for a Rising Sun 8th Class and the other is for a Sacred Treasure 7th Class. The Rising Sun had the ヒ (hi) hallmark and the Sacred Treasure had the M mintmark, so I am almost certain that the decorations that came in the cases were not issued in those cases. I say this because Medals of Asia puts the former mark at the mid-1910s to early 1920s and the latter mark at 1930 to 1943, and I have lots of orders roughly dated to the 20s, 30s, and 40s and none of them have claspless, spring loaded cases. If such cases came from those time periods, then I think that they would be much more prevalent in the marketplace, but I do not find them to be very prevalent.

     

    My two examples both have the “Showa” stylization of (kun) on the lid and gold kanji. Medals of Asia puts the “more or less stable transition” from silver kanji back to gold kanji as sometime in 1958.

     

    My sample size is horribly miniscule, but I am going to venture to guess that these claspless, spring loaded plastic cases came into use sometime after 1958.

     

    Can anyone provide more information on these cases, such as (1) the time coordinates of their use; (2) whether they were used for just the lowest two classes of decorations or if they were also used for higher classes; (3) whether they were used for the Honor Medal, etc.?

     

    Thank you.

     

    Some pictures below.

     

    Tracy

     

    Lids:

     

    ORS OST Claspless Case Lids.jpg

     

    Front seam, claspless:

     

    ORS OST Claspless Case Front Seam.jpg

     

    Rear hinge on one of the cases. As one can imagine this looks somewhat different than the rear hinge on a non-spring loaded case with a clasp. I wanted to take a side-by-side photo but alas, I do not have a Rising Sun 8th (or 7th) Class or a Sacred Treasure 7th (or 8th) Class in a non-spring loaded case with the “Showa” stylization of (kun) and gold kanji.

     

    ORS OST Claspless Case Hinge.jpg

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    Dear TracA,

     

    I think they are made of Bakelite, imitating lacquer ware. They are post-WWII, when the Japanese started to award decorations again. I don't have the answers for the other questions.

     

    Yours sincerely,

    No one

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    Thank you, No One. I too thought that they were Bakelite. They are clearly not wood, given the sound that they make when you let the force of the spring slam them shut. Not that I've done that often; don't want to damage anything. 😃

     

    All the best,

     

    Tracy 

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    Dear TracA,

     

    I have for the Order of the Rising Sun one 8th class and two 7th classes.

    One of the 7th classes is not enameled on the reverse.

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    - 8th class:

     

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    -  7th class no enameled reverse:

     

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    -  7th class enameled reverse:

     

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    And one Order of the Sacred Treasure 7th class:

     

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    I examined the Honor Medal cases, and it seems that all of them have clasps. Even the recent ones.

     

    平成二十五年四月二十九 / 29/04/2017:

     

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    Yours sincerely,

    No one

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    No One,

     

    Thank you. More data points, although I often believe that the cases in which I receive the medals that I purchase might simply be "throw togethers" either by the seller or the seller before the seller. That was clearly the case in my two examples above. I would say the same for your single sided enamel Rising Sun 7th Class. Would you agree? I believe that I have read that those are attributed to sometime during WW II.

     

    All the best,

     

    Tracy

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    Dear TracA,

     

    " I would say the same for your single sided enamel Rising Sun 7th Class. Would you agree? I believe that I have read that those are attributed to sometime during WW II."

     

    I always wonder if this 7th class was a WWII one.

     

    According to James W.Peterson, I quote "... and a few of those made by private firms during Worl War II have no enamel on the reverse." But mine is 'super' mint, brand-new I might say. So I thought that maybe, when the Japanese started to award this 7th class again they discontinued to make them with reverse enamel, because it was cheaper to make them. I only bought one of this but I saw a few of them always in mint condition with this type of case. So thinking they were more modern I never bother to buy more. I really like the one enameled on both side.

     

    Actually I thought that the one with the revers enameled was the one "throw togethers".

     

    But you may be right, I really don't know.

     

    Yours sincerely,

    No one

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    No One,

     

    Interesting hypothesis. If you've seen a few single sided enameled 7th Class Rising Suns always in claspless cases, then that adds some weight to your hypothesis.

     

    I currently have some thoughts going through my head about this, but I need some time to work them up. I'll post again in this thread later this week.

     

    All the best,

     

    Tracy

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    Hi there,

     

    I saw the following Japanese awards for sale on our BOBShop

     

    I love the medals, but unfortunately don't have space to go further with overseas awards

     

    Regards

    Archie

     

     

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    Screenshot_20240513_085014_Samsung Internet.jpg

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