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1930’s Japanese Patriotic Navy Figure A very nice pre WW2 Japanese ceramic figure. The small patriotic figure is of a slightly rounded Imperial Navy sailor saluting. The sailor is dressed in the Imperial Navy uniform along with cap. Circa 1930’s. The figure is in very good condition and measures 8.5 cm tall by 6 cm at the widest point. Complete with original card box. Charming pre war item.
19th Century Powder Flask An early 19th century powder flask made by ‘G & J W Hawksley‘. The flask has a copper body in the traditional powder flask pear shape with a brass rim and neck. The flask was adjustable from 2 1/4, 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 drams. The original owner has fixed the measure to 2 1/2 drams. The release spring coil works perfectly and the flask has some minor light dents. Overall good condition and with a very nice patina. The flask measures 20 cm tall by 8 cm wide.
19th Century Zulu Iklwa A 19th century Zulu Iklwa stabbing spear. Large iron hand forged tanged blade with leather binding onto wooden shaft. The base of the 11” blade head shows the Zulu notches. In the early 1800’s King Shaka of the Zulu invented a shorter stabbing spear with a reduced shaft and a larger, broader blade. This weapon is otherwise known as the iklwa or ixwa, after the sound that was heard as it was withdrawn from the victim’s wound. The traditional spear was not abandoned, but was used to range attack enemy formations before closing in for close quarters battle with the iklwa. This tactical combination originated during Shaka’s military reforms. This weapon was typically used with one hand while the off hand held a cowhide shield for protection. Good overall condition with a length of 44”. Superb display piece. ****UK POSTAGE ONLY*****
19th Century Zulu Knobkerry A late 19th century South African Zulu knobkerry. The traditional Zulu weapon is made from one piece of African hardwood and has a shaft length of 50 cm. The base of the shaft has a slight palm swell and the head has a diameter of 7 cm. Good condition with fantastic patina and shows signs of significant age. Overall length of 58 cm, and a weight of just under 400 grams. Very nice example and excellent display piece.
A Primer Of Military Knives Group A collection of 3 booklets. A primer of military knives vols 1 & 2 and German grenades of the great war. All 3 booklets are in good condition and are full of pictures and information on various nations weapons from WW1 to WW2. A very useful collectors guide.
British Military Penknife 1956 A post war British military penknife. Date stamped 1956 and made by J.H. Thompson of Sheffield. The knife has a main blade (2.5”), marlin spike and a can / bottle opener. The words ‘OIL THE JOINTS’ are stamped and the penknife body along with a military broad arrow and stores ref ‘446’. Good condition with an overall open length of 6.5”.
Collector\'s Guide to German Nazi Party Awards Due to the fact that German military Awards have spiralled in value in recent years, the Collector's Guide to German Nazi Party Awards 1919-1945 is a prime opportunity to tap in this International market and provide a useful and practical Guide for Collectors of such memorabilia. The Book features eighty to ninety medals, fully illustrated from the Author's extensive collection, including such medals as the Munich Putsch, Blood Order, and the German Order, which in current market conditions are expected to fetch more than £20,000-£100,000 each. Unlike military medals within the Third Reich structure, the Nazi Party Awards were issued within the Nazi hierarchy as well as to Foreigners, the Art and Science Award has been deemed as the ? Nobel Prize, for example. The latter was encrusted in Platinum and Diamonds and only one copy is known to exist and was presented to the Third Reich's vice Chancellor (the Medal resides in Christopher Ailsby's Collection). Paperback. Good condition.
Georgian Leather Shot Bag A Georgian leather and horn shot bag. The bag is primarily made of an elongated stitched leather with a carved horn neck. One side of the bag is marked with the initials ‘G.A.’. The overall condition of the shot bag is good with a couple of minor holes toward the bottom on the initialled side. The bag measures 17” long and a touch over 3” at its widest point.
Imperial Japanese 1894 - 1895 Sino War Medal An Imperial Japanese first Sino war medal 1894 - 1895. The 30 mm dark metal medal was struck from captured Chinese canons. The front of the medal shows the Japanese Army and Navy war flags crossed beneath a chrysanthemum. The reverse of the medal reads ‘Meiji 1894 - 1895 War Medal’. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing to the rear.
Imperial Japanese 1920 Census Medal A very good Imperial Japanese 1920 census medal in original presentation box. The reverse of the medal reads ‘Japanese Census Medal, Taisho 9‘. The medal was issued to the official census takers. The 30 mm medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Nice example.
Imperial Japanese 1930 Capital Rehabilitation Medal A very good Imperial Japanese Capital Rehabilitation Medal. The medal was awarded to military personnel and civilians who assisted in rebuilding of Tokyo after the devastating 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that left most of the city in ruins. Records show that only 35,000 of these solid silver medals were struck and awarded. The medal is complete with its original purple presentation case.
Imperial Japanese Army 1934 Manchuria Sake Cup An Imperial Japanese Army Manchuria Incident sake cup. The finely turned wood and red lacquer cup shows gold kanji reading, ‘Victorious Return Commemoration’. The back of the cup reads ‘Showa 9 (1934) Yamanabe Township’. The cup has a diameter of 9 cm and stands at 3 cm tall. Good condition.
Imperial Japanese Army Artillery Sake Cup An Imperial Japanese Army ceramic sake cup. The smaller sized ochoko shaped cup has a fantastic hand painted war flag on the interior. The cup celebrates an end of service of a soldier named ‘Kamioka’ from the Imperial army artillery. The cup has a diameter of 5.3 cm and stands at 2.8 cm tall. The cup has no chips or cracks and is a very nice example.
Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry Graduation Book 1932 A very uncommon Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry graduation book. The green covered hardback book is dated for 1932 and is from the 24th Regiment Training Academy in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture Japan. The 24th Cavalry Regiment was part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade and was formed in 1909. The 24th Cavalry Regiment was involved in the Battle of Rehe and subsequently remained in Manchukuo as a garrison force until 1937. The book has over 100 pages each with multiple pictures. The pictures show the basic training and then the specialist training and passing out parades with multiple class photographs. A very interesting insight to the Imperial Army Cavalry training. Overall good condition with no missing pages or damage. The book measures 26 cm wide and 18 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry Officer Figure A early 1900’s patriotic ceramic figure of a Japanese officer on horseback. The painted figure shows an officer of the Imperial Japanese Army mounted on a white horse. The figures original paint has worn over time and the item has no damage. The figure stands at11.5 cm tall by 10 cm wide. A great desktop piece.
Imperial Japanese Army Civilian Employee Cap A very good Imperial Japanese Army civilian employees peaked cap. The civilian employee cap was very similar to the Army officers peaked cap, minus the red band and red piping. The cap is in very good condition and is complete with the imperial army star and cherry blossom chinstrap buttons. The label on the inside reads ‘9’ and is named to a ‘Seiji’. A very nice example.
Imperial Japanese Army General Collar Tab Imperial Japanese Army Generals collar tab or insignia. The single tab is in excellent condition, possibly unused and has a leather backing. These type of collar tabs were issued from 1938 up to the end of the war in 1945. All 3 metal stars are present along with all the golden braiding intact. A very good example.
Imperial Japanese Army ID Book A 1920’s Imperial Japanese Army Identification book or ‘Guntai Techo’. This early example is in good condition and is named to Artillery Private 1st class ‘Noboru Watanabe’. Private Watanabe was born in November 1902 in the Yokohama prefecture, Japan. Watanabe joined the army in December 1923 and served with the 26th Artillery Regiment. The sandy coloured canvas covered book has no damage and measures 12.4 cm tall by 8.6 cm wide.
Imperial Japanese Army Japan Russo War ID Book A Japan Russo war Imperial Japanese Army Identification book or ‘Guntai Techo’. This example is in good condition and is belonged to a Private ‘Toyohashi Tashiro’ of the 29th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division. Pte Tashiro was born in January 1878 and was enlisted in 1898. He served in the Japan Russo war of 1904-1905 and was awarded the campaign war medal. The black coloured canvas covered book has no damage and measures 12.7 cm tall by 8.6 cm wide. Nice example.
Imperial Japanese Army Mail Card Manchuria An Imperial Japanese army mail card. The mail card was sent by a soldier named ‘Hasao Hatai’ posted in Manchuria back to family member ‘Yoshi Sahara’ of the Okayama prefecture, Japan. The card has ‘Army Internal Affairs Department’ printed in red on the front. The card measures 14 cm tall by 9 cm wide.
Imperial Japanese Army Manchuria Incident Sake Bottle An Imperial Japanese Army sake bottle. The blue ceramic bottle has an Imperial Japanese Army star painted above a Type 11 machine gun on one side and a hanging scroll on the opposite side. The bottle commemorates the ‘Manchuria Dispatch Commemoration’ and is named to an infantry soldier ‘Ika’. Circa 1930’s. The bottle stands at 15 cm tall and is 6.3cm at it it’s widest point. Very good condition with no chips or cracks.
Imperial Japanese Army Manchuria Incident Smoking Set A pre WW2 Imperial Japanese Army smoking set. The set commemorates the ‘Triumphant Return Memorial’ for the Manchuria incident. The Manchurian Incident was an event staged by the Japanese military as a pretext for the 1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria began on 18th September 1931 and the occupation lasted until August 1945. The cased silver plate set comprises of a gilt lined cigarette case showing the Imperial Army star below a map of Manchuria. An amber glass lined ashtray in the form of the Japanese national flag and a matchbox holder with the national anthem written on either side. There is some plate loss from age. The wooden display case is complete with silk lining and clasp. The case measures 9” wide by 6.5” deep and stands at 2” tall.
Imperial Japanese Army Metal Sake Cup A very early Imperial Japanese Army Meiji period metal sake cup. The Sakazuki shaped cup is plain in design with 2 Imperial stars on the outside. Circa late 1800’s. The non magnetic metal shows pitting and is in good solid condition with no damage. The cup has a diameter of 7.1 cm and stands at 2.6 cm tall. A very good early metal example.
Imperial Japanese Army Officers Sash A very nice Imperial Japanese Army officers dress sash. This sash would have been worn by officers up to the rank of Major. The red and 3 white striped sash is secured with a brass sliding buckle. A superb display piece in good condition.
Imperial Japanese Army Sake Cup 28th Infantry Regiment An Imperial Japanese Army ceramic sake cup. The Sakazuki shaped cup has a hand painted Imperial army star and the national war flag on the interior. The cup celebrates the ’End of service’ for a soldier named ‘Kuroda’ from the 28th Infantry Regiment. The cup has a diameter of 7.6 cm and stands at 3 cm tall and has no chips or cracks. A nice example.
Imperial Japanese Army Sake Cup 40th Infantry Regiment A very nice Imperial Japanese Army ceramic sake cup. The Sakazuki shaped cup has a hand painted national and war flag on the interior. The cup celebrates the ’End of service’ for a soldier from the 40th Infantry Regiment. The cup has a diameter of 6.5 cm and stands at 2.8 cm tall and has no chips or cracks. A nice example.
Imperial Japanese Army Sake Tray A very nice Imperial Japanese Army sake tray. The hand painted black lacquered tray shows a patriotic poem alongside the imperial star with cherry blossoms. The raised sides of the tray are finished with a gold paint. The tray reads ‘Commemoration’ for a soldier named ‘Kobayashi’. The tray measures 23.3 cm by 23.3 cm. Very good condition.
Imperial Japanese Army Sake Tray A very nice Imperial Japanese Army sake tray. The black lacquered tray shows a crossed Imperial Army regimental flag and the national flag of Japan beneath the imperial army star. The raised sides of the tray are finished with a gold paint. The tray reads ‘65th Infantry Regiment’. The tray measures 23.5 cm by 23.5 cm. Good example.
Imperial Japanese Army Sake Tray An Imperial Japanese Army sake tray. The black lacquered tray shows a war flag of Japan amongst cherry blossoms and a plaque which reads ’Patriotism and Loyalty’. The raised sides of the tray are finished with a gold paint. The tray also reads ‘Retirement Commemoration’ for a soldier named ‘Sato’ from the 29th Infantry Regiment. The 29th Infantry Regiment was part of the 2nd Division, only being added to the division prior to the start of WW2. During WW2 29th Infantry Regiment fought in China then Guadalcanal and finally Burma before its remnants were disbanded at the end of the war. The tray measures 23.5 cm by 23.5 cm. Nice example.
Imperial Japanese China Incident Photocard Set A fantastic Imperial Japanese 1937 dated China Incident photocard set. The set comes with it’s original envelope and 17 photocards. The envelope reads ‘Patriotic Photocards’. The photo cards mostly show planes and infantry during the invasion. Each card measures 9 cm by 7 cm. Nice complete set.
Imperial Japanese Manchuria Incident 2 Place Medal Ribbon Bar An Imperial Japanese 2 place medal ribbon bar 1930’s. The bar has ribbons for: Manchuria Incident (1934) Order Of The Rising Sun 7.5 cm long by 1 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Manchuria Incident 2 Place Medal Ribbon Bar An Imperial Japanese 2 place medal ribbon bar 1930’s. The bar has ribbons for: Manchuria Incident (1934) Order Of The Sacred Treasure 7.5 cm long by 1 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Manchurian Incident Medal An Imperial Japanese Manchurian incident medal. The Manchurian Incident or Mukden Incident was an event staged by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for the Japanese invasion in 1931 of northeastern China, known as Manchuria. The 30 mm bronze medal was awarded to those who served in the 1931-34 Manchurian Campaign. The medal was established in 1934 and abolished in 1945. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Very nice example.
Imperial Japanese Manchurian Incident Medal An Imperial Japanese Manchurian incident medal. The Manchurian Incident or Mukden Incident was an event staged by Japanese military personnel as a pretext for the Japanese invasion in 1931 of northeastern China, known as Manchuria. The 30 mm bronze medal was awarded to those who served in the 1931-34 Manchurian Campaign. The medal was established in 1934 and abolished in 1945. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Nice example.
Imperial Japanese Military Reservists Badge An Imperial Japanese military reservists badge. The Japanese military reservists association was founded in 1910 and originally an exclusively army organisation. In 1914 naval personnel were allowed to join. The organisation was dissolved at the end of WW2 in 1945. This early larger sized example has a pin back and shows crossed swords and an anchor with an imperial army star. The badge measures 4.3 cm tall by 2.8 cm wide.
Imperial Japanese Military Reservists Officers Badge An Imperial Japanese military reservists officers badge. The Japanese military reservists association was founded in 1910 and originally an exclusively army organisation. In 1914 naval personnel were allowed to join. The organisation was dissolved at the end of WW2 in 1945. The green enamel pin back metal badge shows crossed swords and an anchor with an imperial army star. The green enamel identifies this example as an officer in charge of: General Affairs and Inspectors. The badge measures 2.8 cm tall by 1.8 cm wide.
Imperial Japanese Navy Graduation Book 1939 A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy graduation book. The black covered hardback book is dated for 1939 and is from the Yokosuka Naval Training Academy. The book has over 100 pages each with multiple pictures. The pictures show the basic training and then the specialist training and passing out parades with multiple class photographs. Each page has a glassine protective sheet to protect the images printed beneath. A very interesting insight to the Imperial Navy training. Overall good condition with no missing pages or damage. The book measures 22 cm wide and 15.5 cm tall with a depth of 2.3 cm.
Imperial Japanese Navy Postcard An original Imperial Japanese Navy postcard. The post card shows Marshal Admiral Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu. The postcard reads ‘Your Highness Hiroyasu Fushimi‘. Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu served as chief of staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1932 to 1941. The postcard measures 14 cm wide by 9 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Navy Postcard An original Imperial Japanese Navy pre war postcard showing a patrol boat in rough seas. The front of the post card reads ‘Our Navy’s 1Mt Class’. The postcard measures 14.3 cm wide by 9 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Navy Sake Bottle An Imperial Japanese Navy sake bottle. The green ceramic bottle has a hand painted Imperial Japanese Navy ship within a lifebuoy. Either side of the ship are the naval war flag and a naval anchor. The front of the bottle reads ‘Commemoration Maturity’ and is embossed with a crane and a turtle which are symbolic of good luck. The rear of the bottle has embossed cherry blossoms with a hanging scroll with the sailors name ‘Nakajima’. Circa 1930’s. The bottle stands at 15 cm tall and is 6 cm at it it’s widest point. Good condition with no chips or cracks.
Imperial Japanese Navy Sake Cup An Imperial Japanese Navy sake cup. The fine ceramic Sakazuki shaped cup has a naval anchor between crossed Japanese national and war flags painted on the inside. The text reads ‘Navy sailor maturity memorial’. The underside of the cup shows the recipient sailors name ‘Masakiyo Nishikori’. The cup has a diameter of 7 cm and stands at 3 cm tall with no cracks or chips.
Imperial Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 4th Class An Imperial Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 4th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal is awarded in eight classes to both military and civilians. The class awarded depended upon the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to soldiers and non-commissioned officers. This example is from the Meji period (1868 - 1912) and is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box. A very nice early example.
Imperial Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 7th Class An early (1875 -1945) Imperial Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 7th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes with the class awarded depending on the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to private soldiers and non-commissioned officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing.
Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 7th Class A very nice early Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 7th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. In 2003 the 7th and 8th classes were abolished. This example is from the Meiji period (1868 - 1912) and is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. A very nice early example.
Imperial Japanese Patriotic Military Haori A very nice Imperial Japanese civilian patriotic ‘Haori’. The Haori is worn over the Kimono as an extra layer. This example dates from the 1930’s early 1940’s and is a brown material with military images in the lining. The images show Japans military might at that time in the form of battleships, war planes, tanks and marching soldiers. A superb original item in good condition.
Imperial Japanese Red Cross Medal A nice Imperial Japanese Red Cross medal. This example is a special members version as indicated by the large red rosette. This is a post 1941 medal as it is made from aluminium as opposed to the earlier silver versions. The medal has a diameter of 30 mm.
Imperial Japanese Russo War Medal 1904 - 1905 A fantastic boxed Japanese Russo - Japan war medal. The Russo-Japanese War was fought during 1904 and 1905 between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea. The war ended with a victory for the Japanese empire. The Meiji period gilded bronze medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Nice example in original box.
Imperial Japanese Russo War Medal 1904 - 1905 A fantastic boxed Japanese Russo - Japan war medal. The Russo-Japanese War was fought during 1904 and 1905 between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea. The war ended with a victory for the Japanese empire. The Meiji period gilded bronze medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good example in original box.
Imperial Japanese Russo War Metal Sake Cup An early Imperial Japanese Meiji period metal sake cup. The cup commemorates the Japanese victory over Russia in the Japan - Russo war of 1904 - 1905. The centre of the cup shows the Japanese Order of the Golden Kite medal surrounded by paulownia and chrysanthemum flowers. The Order of the Golden Kite was an exclusively military award, conferred for bravery, leadership or command in battle. The cup has a diameter of 8.8 cm and stands at 2.8 cm tall. Nice example.
Imperial Japanese Russo War Metal Sake Cup An early Imperial Japanese Meiji period metal sake cup. The cup commemorates the Japanese victory over Russia in the Japan - Russo war of 1904 - 1905. The centre of the cup shows the Japanese war flag within a cherry blossom, which is in turn surrounded by smaller cherry blossoms. The cup has a diameter of 7.5 cm and stands at 2 cm tall.
Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal An Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal. Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) actually ascended to the throne in 1926 but the enthronement ceremonies were held in 1928. The 30 mm diameter medal shows the Imperial throne with the word 'Banzai' written below. There is a small gold coloured metal Chrysanthemum seated in the centre. The reverse shows cloud shapes and reads ‘Showa Enthronement’ Good example.
Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal An Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal. Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) actually ascended to the throne in 1926 but the enthronement ceremonies were held in 1928. The 30 mm diameter medal shows the Imperial throne with the word 'Banzai' written below. There is a small gold coloured metal Chrysanthemum seated in the centre. The reverse shows cloud shapes and reads ‘Showa Enthronement’ The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and comes in its original presentation box. A very good example.
Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal An Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal. Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) actually ascended to the throne in 1926 but the enthronement ceremonies were held in 1928. The 30 mm diameter medal shows the Imperial throne with the word 'Banzai' written below. There is a small gold coloured metal Chrysanthemum seated in the centre. The reverse shows cloud shapes and reads ‘Showa Enthronement’ The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and comes in its original presentation box. A good example.
Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal An Imperial Japanese Showa Enthronement Medal. Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) actually ascended to the throne in 1926 but the enthronement ceremonies were held in 1928. The 30 mm diameter medal shows the Imperial throne with the word 'Banzai' written below. There is a small gold coloured metal Chrysanthemum seated in the centre. The reverse shows cloud shapes and reads ‘Showa Enthronement’ A very good example.
Imperial Japanese War Games Commemoration 1935 An unusual Imperial Japanese military commemorative stand. The pewter stand reads ‘Special War Games Imperial Tour Commemoration, Showa 10 (1935). The top of the stand shows an embossed image of waves with a crane and sea turtle, both of which are symbols of longevity. These War Games were conducted in southern Kyushu where the Japanese emperor would have been present as part of the imperial tour. The stand is 8.3 cm tall and has a diameter of 11 cm.
Imperial Japanese WW1 Victory Plate A very unusual Imperial Japanese glass plate celebrating the victory in WW1. The centre of the glass plate has a cherry blossom surrounded by the words ‘Great Japanese Empire Victory Commemoration’. The wording and decorations are applied in glass from the rear of the plate. The plate has a diameter of 13 cm and stands at 2.2 cm tall. Good condition with only light age related marks.
Japan Russo War Imperial Japanese Army ID Book A Japan Russo war Imperial Japanese Army Identification book or ‘Guntai Techo’. This example is in good condition and is belonged to a Private ‘Shoji Suzuki’ of the Field Artillery in the 1st Division. Pte Suzuki was born in September 1884 and was enlisted in 1904, serving for 3 years. Pte Suzuki served in the Japan Russo war of 1904-1905 and was awarded the campaign war medal. In the back of the book is the Imperial soldiers oath. The black coloured canvas covered book has no damage and measures 12.7 cm tall by 8.6 cm wide. Nice example.
Japanese 1914 - 1920 Siberia Intervention War Medal An Imperial Japanese Siberia Intervention 1914 - 1920 war medal. There is an earlier and nearly identical 1914-15 medal that commemorated the Japanese capture of Tsingtao, but then the dates were extended to cover Japanese deployment to Siberia to counter the Bolsheviks at the end of WWI. The reverse of the medal reads 'Taisho 3 - 9 (1914-20) War Service’ The dark metal medal has a diameter of 30 mm. Nice example.
Japanese China Incident Sake Bottle An unusual Imperial Japanese Army sake bottle. The ceramic brown flecked effect bottle celebrates the ‘China Incident Memorial’. The front of the bottle has yellow kanji around a yellow imperial army star. The neck of the bottle has red kanji. Late 1930’s early 1940’s. The bottle stands at 15 cm tall and has a width of 6 cm at the widest point. Good condition with no cracks or damage.
Japanese Imperial Guards Military Special Manoeuvres Award 1934 An Imperial Japanese Army, Imperial Guards Special Military Manoeuvres 1934 participation award. The main body of the award is in the shape of a tsuba and the front shows an Imperial Army star. The reverse of the award lists the Imperial Guard units involved in the 1934 large scale exercise. The award is suspended by a ring from a rectangular pin backed badge. Overall length 5 cm and 3 cm wide. An uncommon example.
Japanese Manchuria Incident 3 Place Medal Ribbon Bar An Imperial Japanese Manchuria incident 3 place medal ribbon bar. The bar has ribbons for (right to left): Manchuria Incident (1931) Order of The Rising Sun Order of The Sacred Treasure Original item in good condition. 11 cm long by 1 cm tall.
Japanese Manchuria Incident Medal Pair An Imperial Japanese Manchuria Incident medal pair. The pair consists of a Japanese Manchuria Incident medal, a Sacred Treasure 7th class award along with the corresponding ribbon bar. The Manchuria Incident or Mukden Incident was an event staged by the Japanese military as a pretext for the Japanese invasion in 1931 of northeastern China, known as Manchuria. The 30 mm bronze medal was awarded to those who served in the 1931-34 Manchurian Campaign. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 by Emporer Meiji and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The medal is awarded in eight classes for long and / or meritorious military service. Both medals and ribbon bar are in good worn condition and complete with original cases. A nice little group.
Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 8th Class A Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 8th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes with the class awarded depending on the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to private soldiers and non-commissioned officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. A nice example.
Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 8th Class A very nice Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 8th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. In 2003 the 7th and 8th classes were abolished. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. A very nice example.
Japanese Sacred Treasure Sweetheart Brooch A very unusual sweetheart brooch made from a Japanese Sacred treasure 5th class medal. The medal has had its silk ribbon removed and has had a pin fastening attached to the rear. The central mirror of the medal has the letter ‘M’ engraved on it. The brooch was acquired from an estate sale in America. The solid silver brooch measures 4.4 cm wide and 4.9 cm tall. A very interesting and unique item.
Japanese Taisho Enthronement Medal 1915 A Japanese Taisho enthronement medal. The Taisho Emperor ascended to the throne upon the death of his father in 1912, the ceremonies were held in 1915. The front of the medal shows a golden chrysanthemum and imperial banners with the word ‘Banzai’ written on them. The reverse of the medal reads ‘Taisho 4 (1915) November, Enthronement Commemorative Medal’. This example has had a repair where the medal claw joins to the suspender. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing.
Japanese Taisho Enthronement Medal 1915 A Japanese Taisho enthronement medal. The Taisho Emperor ascended to the throne upon the death of his father in 1912, the ceremonies were held in 1915. The front of the medal shows a golden chrysanthemum and imperial banners with the word ‘Banzai’ written on them. The reverse of the medal reads ‘Taisho 4 (1915) November, Enthronement Commemorative Medal’. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good example.
M1 Garand Clip 8 x .30-06 An M1 Garand clip of 8 x .30-06 deactivated rounds as used in the U.S M1 Garand rifle. Great display or re-enactors item. *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
Manchuria Incident Japanese Army Bunchin A pre WW2 Manchuria Incident Imperial Japanese Army Bunchin or paper weight. The bunchin was used to hold the paper in place during writing. This metal patriotic example shows a Japanese 7.7mm bullet set on a horse shoe with the Imperial Army star. The kanji reads ‘Memorial’ and the words are by Sadao Araki. Baron Sadao Araki was a very influential general in the Imperial Japanese Army leading up to WW2. The item measures 7.5 cm long and 6.2 cm at its widest point.
Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945 Book A reference/historical guide to the "collectable" market of Japanese military swords. Subjects covered include rebellion swords, Army, Air Force and home-defence emergency-issue swords, civil officials' swords, detail on blades, swordsmiths and markings, and collecting. Very good paperback reference book, lots of information. Good used condition.
Pair Of Imperial Japanese Russo War Commemorative Tea Cup Saucers A pair of Imperial Japanese Army Russo war commemorative tea cup saucers. The pair of copper saucers are identical and show the crossed Japanese national and war flags alongside the imperial army star. The kanji reads ‘Leaving Military Service Commemoration’. The saucers both have fantastic detailing and a nice patination. Both measure 11 cm wide by 8 cm tall.
Pre WW1 Health Memoranda For Soldiers 1906 Group A fantastic surviving 1906 edition of ‘Health Memoranda For Soldiers’ by Lieutenant Colonel H. K. Allport. The cloth covered and thread bound booklet was printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office in September 1906. The booklet measures 13 cm tall by 10.6 cm wide and is in good condition with no damage. Interestingly, folded inside the booklet is what appears to be a hand written poem by a soldier. The poem is titled ‘The Ray Of Gladness’, and is written in pencil on a neatly folded piece of blue linen or hemp paper. No names or dates are present on the poem, so sadly the location, author or intended recipient will never be known. A very charming and interesting little group.
Pre WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Postcard An original Japanese pre war 1930’s postcard showing a line of battleships in rough seas. The front of the post card reads ‘The nations battleships set sail’. The postcard measures 14.3 cm wide by 9 cm tall. Nice original item.
Pre WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Postcard An original Japanese pre war postcard showing a line of battleships in rough seas. The front of the post card reads ‘The voyage of the main battleship fights the angry waves’. The postcard measures 14.3 cm wide by 9 cm tall. Nice original item.
Pre WW2 Imperial Japanese Propeller Bunchin A pre WW2 Imperial Japanese Bunchin or paper weight. The bunchin was used to hold the paper in place during writing. This patriotic example is made from iron and shaped like an aircraft propeller. The Greater Japan Empire Army Air Corps along with The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service were the aviation force of the Imperial Japanese Army and was founded in 1912 until 1945. The iron bunchin measures 18.5 cm long. Interesting item.
Pre WW2 Japanese Army Training Manual A pre WW2 Japanese Army training manual. The black bound pocket sized booklet is dated for 1932. The inside page is named to a ‘Yoshihei Watanabe’, 3rd unit. The manual covers callisthenics, exercise, obstacles and rope climbing to firing positions, bunker construction and bridge building. The book measures 11 cm tall by 8 cm wide. Good condition with no damage.
Third Reich Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide The rise and fall of Germany's Third Reich is one of the most studied, investigated and collected episodes of military history. A reign of terror that rose to near world domination during the 1930s and early 1940s, Adolph Hitler's Germany continues to fascinate generations of scholars and students of history alike. The Third Reich's insatiable drumbeat of pageantry and propaganda produced countless uniforms, insignia, medals, flags, daggers, swords, and headgear, comprising one of the most desired categories in all of military collectibles to study, understand and own. Groundbreaking in scope and execution, Third Reich Collectibles features more than 1,300 color images with descriptions and values for: Uniforms Helmets Headgear Flags Badges Membership pins Patches Armbands Firearms Blades Equipment Paper IDs Signage And more associated with the military and paramilitary groups of the Third Reich Throughout the book you'll also find historical background information and period photographs capturing everyday Nazi Germany. Paperback. Very good used condition.
US Army Landmine Warning Sign A vintage US Army metal landmine warning sign. The large sign is made of sheet steel with red writing on a white background. The writing reads ‘Mines Danger’. The back of the sign is painted in an olive drab colour with 4 holes for attaching to posts. This type of military mine warning sign was used from as early as the Korean war. Good overall condition with some age related scuffs and marks. The sign measures 61 cm wide by 30 cm tall and weighs in at 1.6 kg. Excellent display piece.
Victorian Military Kit Bag Lock A very well made Victorian kit bag lock by S. W. Silver & Co, London’. The heavy brass D shaped lock is a noticeable step up from the more common examples. S.W. Silver & Company began in the 18th Century as Colonial and Army agents, clothiers and outfitters principally to those in the Army and Colonial Service, as well as acting as shipping agents for such people travelling overseas. The company was renamed in 1898. This dates the item at anywhere from 120 to 180 years old. 12 cm long by 8 cm tall. Very nice item.
Vintage Polish 7.62mm Drill Rounds A very interesting vintage box of 20 Polish 7.62 mm plastic tipped drill or training rounds. The rounds all have a copper washed and fluted jacket with a plastic percussion cap. The rounds headstamp reads ‘21 77’. Which is factory code ‘21’ and the year 1977 ‘77’. The drill rounds come in an old cardboard box with the number ‘23’ stamped next to the word ‘Treningowe’ which translates from Polish says Training. These would have been used for training soldiers on the Mosin Nagant rifle. An interesting item. *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
WW1 Ottoman Prisoner Of War Beaded Snake A WW1 Ottoman / Turkish P.O.W. Prisoner Of War beaded snake. These were hand made by Turkish prisoners during captivity. Ottoman prisoners made many items whilst in captivity. It kept them occupied and was an avenue for them to earn money to supplement their rations and purchase items they required. Some prisoners even sent them home as gifts for family members or used them to barter with other prisoners. The snake is made of hundreds of glass beads with a dark blue, turquoise and white design. The snakes underbelly is white and the head has green eyes with an open hessian mouth. This smaller example measures a touch over 14” long and is in good condition.
WW1 Scoring Book For General Musketry Course 1917 A WW1 Scoring Book for the General Musketry Course dated 1917. The small paperback booklet is named to what appears to be a Lt Emery. The booklet is partially filled in with the owners shooting scores, some of which are dated early 1918. The book is complete and in fairly good condition. 13.6 cm tall by 10.8 cm wide.
WW1 ‘Till The Boys Come Home’ Silk Handkerchief A WW1 printed cotton handkerchief depicting words and images of the popular wartime song 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', written by Ivor Novello. The handkerchief displays the words to the song along with images of soldiers fighting at the front and a scene from home. All surrounded by the allied flags. The handkerchief is in good condition with only age related discolouration and measures 18.5” by 18.5”.
WW2 Axis Forces Pencil A WW2 German made pencil made for the Japanese Army. The black unsharpened pencil is marked: ‘Kriegs Bedarf No 259 O.M.P’ (followed by the Japanese Army star and in Japanese kanji) ’Army’. ‘Kriegs Bedarf’ from German to English translates as ‘War Needs’. I have searched extensively and can find no reference to, or pictures of similar items. A very interesting and unique item. The pencil measures 17.5 cm long.
WW2 British Army Officers Field Service Pocket Book A WW2 British army officers field service pocket book. The red hardback book is titled ’Field Service Pocket Book 1938’. A comprehensive handbook for officers during WW2, outlining all the duties and functions of the British Army when in the field. Every officer would have had one of these pocket books. The book is filled with pamphlets from orders, communications, intelligence, demolitions, medical services, burial parties and mechanised movement by road. Several of the pamphlets have fold out information sheets and diagrams. This is an earlier war example as the pamphlets date from 1939 up to 1941. The book measures 17 cm tall by 11 cm wide and 3 cm deep. A very good solid field used example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese 3 Place Medal Ribbon Bar A very nice WW2 Imperial Japanese 6 place medal ribbon bar. The bar has ribbons for (top right to bottom left): Order of The Sacred Treasure Order of The Golden Kite Order of The Rising Sun Great East Asia Medal (1941 - 1945) Red Cross Medal China Incident Medal (1939) Original item in good condition. 11.5 cm long by 2.2 cm tall.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Air Defence Door Badge A WW2 Imperial Japanese Air Defence Association members door badge / plate. These were attached to the doors of the Air Defence personnel during the second world war to indicate to people of the house owners role. The rectangular aluminium door plate is painted blue and shows the civil defence badge with a cherry blossom. Written below this is ‘Great Empire Of Japan Air Defence Association Member’. The badge measures 12 cm tall by 3 cm wide. An unusual and interesting item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Blanket A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army blanket. The khaki wooden blanket was carried around the top of the Type 99 army backpack, often in a horseshoe shape. The heavy blanket has the Imperial Army star and is dated for Showa 18 (1943). This example is in very good condition with no holes or damage. The blanket measures 193 cm tall by 163 cm wide and weighs a touch under 2.4 kgs.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Captain Dress Shoulder Boards A fantastic pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Army officers dress uniform shoulder boards in original case. The high quality boards are of a heavy braided bullion design and each have 3 stars signifying the rank of Captain. The boards both have a plain gold coloured button at one end. The undersides of the boards are lined in black wool with hinged metal sliders. The shoulder boards come in their original metal case with a red velvet lining and central divider. Each board measures 14 cm long by 4.5 cm wide. Very good set with original case.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry Bridle Badges A pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese army cavalry bridle badges. The badges were worn either side of the leather bridle on the cheekpiece next to the nose band. The brass badges show an Imperial Army star above a winged horse surrounded by a wreath. The design has a red background of the national Hinomaru flag. Each badge had a diameter of 3 cm. Very uncommon item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry Saddle A very nice WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Cavalry saddle and tack. The brown leather saddle is serial numbered ’6276’ and was manufactured in Tokyo 1941. The saddle is complete with webbing and leather reigns, stirrups, girth belt, bridle and bit. The bridle has the imperial army cavalry badges on either side. The set is in good condition with no damage. A very nice complete wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Envelopes A set of 50 WW2 Imperial Japanese Army envelopes. The NOS (new old stock) unused envelopes are still bound in their original paper tie with each one stamped with the kanji ‘Army’. These type of envelopes were used internally by the army throughout the war, for both documents and correspondence. The envelopes each measure 20 cm long by 8.3 cm wide.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Furoshiki A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Furoshiki. Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths used to wrap and/or to transport goods and gifts. This navy blue cotton example was a gift to a soldier serving with the 13th Logistics Battalion. During WW2 the 13th Logistics (Transport) Battalion served mostly in China with a detachment being sent to Guam in 1942. The furoshiki measures 70 cm tall by 65 cm wide. Overall good condition with no holes.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Half Shelter A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army half shelter. The half shelter was an individual soldiers protection against the elements when in the field. It could be used in various ways as a form of protection and even as a poncho or rain cape. Although usually used as a one man tent they could be connected with the shelter half of another soldier to form a bigger tent. When not in use the half shelter was rolled or more commonly folded up and placed on top of the type 99 army backpack. This example is in good condition with all the metal eyelets present. The shelter has the military mark but is rubbed from use. The shelter when fully unfolded measures 150 cm by 150 cm. The shelter is in good condition with rusted eyelets and a couple of very small holes and still very pliable. Excellent display piece when mounted on a Type 99 backpack.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Major Dress Shoulder Boards A fantastic pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Army officers dress uniform shoulder boards in original case. The high quality boards are of a heavy double braided bullion design and each have 1 star signifying the rank of Major. The boards both have a plain gold coloured button at one end. The undersides of the boards are lined in black wool with hinged metal sliders. The shoulder boards come in their original metal case with a red velvet lining and central divider. Each board measures 14 cm long by 5.5 cm wide. Very good set with original case.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Medical Warrant Officer Shoulder Boards A pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Medical Warrant Officers dress uniform shoulder boards. The boards are of a heavy braided silver and gold bullion design. The boards both have a plain gold coloured button at one end. The undersides of the boards are lined in black wool with hinged metal sliders. Each board measures 14 cm long by 4 cm wide. Nice original pair.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Mess Tin A good complete WW2 Japanese Army ‘Hango’ or mess / rice cooker set. The aluminium set comprises of the main mess tin, small tray insert and lid. The main container has its metal carry handle. The front of the rice cooker has a metal loop for attaching to the army type 99 backpack. Some of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid while the rest of the body is blackened from field use. The set is dated for Showa 16 (1941). A good complete example in field used condition with no holes, dents or damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Mess Tin A good complete WW2 Japanese Army ‘Hango’ or mess / rice cooker set. The aluminium set comprises of the main mess tin, small tray insert and lid. The main container has its metal carry handle which is slightly bent but still fully functional. The front of the rice cooker has a metal loop for attaching to the army type 99 backpack. Some of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid and body while the bottom is blackened from field use. The set is dated for Showa 17 (1942). A complete example in field used condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Mess Tin A good complete WW2 Japanese Army ‘Hango’ or mess / rice cooker set. The aluminium set comprises of the main mess tin, small tray insert and lid. The main container has its metal carry handle and the front of the rice cooker has a metal loop for attaching to the army type 99 backpack. Some of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid while the rest of the body is blackened from field use. The set is dated for Showa 16 (1941). A good complete example in field used condition with no holes or damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Mess Tin A good complete WW2 Japanese Army Officers ‘Hango’ or mess / rice cooker set. The aluminium set comprises of the main mess tin, small tray insert and lid. The main container has its metal carry handle. Some of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid while most of the body is blackened from field use. The set is dated for Showa 18 (1943). A good complete example in field used condition with no holes or damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Mess Tin A good complete WW2 Japanese Army Officers ‘Hango’ or mess / rice cooker set. The aluminium set comprises of the main mess tin, small tray insert and lid. This is a later war example without the metal carry handle. The set was manufactured by the Nigiriya metal company. Most of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid and the body. The set measures 21 cm long by 7 cm wide and 8 cm tall. A good complete example with no holes, dents or damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Saya A WW2 Imperial Japanese army officers leather bound saya or scabbard for the katana sword. The brown leather saya is in good overall condition with a single rip below the ashi. Length 73 cm. A good quality example. (Stand Not Included)
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Tropical Shirt A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers tropical short sleeved shirt. The lightweight (possibly silk) green fabric private purchase shirt has a pocket rank tab attached for the rank of Lieutenant. The shirt has double breast pockets and is complete with all the original buttons as well as labels. The condition is very good with very little, if any, wear.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Photographs A very interesting set of 6 original WW2 Imperial Japanese Army photographs. The 6 black and white photographs show a visit to an army cavalry location by what appears to be a Captain or a Colonel as signified by the 3 stars on the officers collar tabs. The visiting officer is accompanied by several Kempeitai, both on foot and horse mounted, indicating he is of high rank. Each photograph measures 13 cm long by 8.8 cm tall. A very nice original set.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Shin Gunto Tsuka A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army officers shin gunto Tsuka. The tsuka is a late war example and is complete with fuchi, cherry blossom menuki and kabuto gane. The tsuka still retains its ray skin wrap and has a tight ito. 24.5 cm long.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Shussei Nobori A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Going To War Banner (Shussei Nobori). The silk banner shows the Imperial Japanese Army star with the crossed national and war flags of Japan above a hand written message. The hand written message reads ‘Congratulations Expedition’ and was gifted to a soldier named ‘Kazuyoshi Onishi’. These banners were used to celebrate the entry of young men into the military and displayed at the going away party. The thin silk banner has some foxing and holes but is in good displayable condition. The banner measures 180 cm tall by 46 cm wide. A good salty example and nice display piece.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Shussei Nobori A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Going To War Banner (Shussei Nobori). The top of the silk banner shows the military zig zag symbol. The hand written message reads ‘Congratulations Expedition’ and was gifted to a soldier named ‘Kazuyoshi Onishi’. These banners were used to celebrate the entry of young men into the military and displayed at the going away party. The thick silk banner has some foxing and holes but is in good displayable condition. The banner measures 175 cm tall by 32 cm wide. A good salty example and nice display piece.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Tank Crew Uniform A fantastic set of WW2 Japanese tank crew coveralls. The 1944 dated one piece thick cotton coveralls have a buttoned opening from the neck to the fly and are complete with all the original wooden buttons. The waist is secured with a cotton belt as are both the ankles. The waist has 2 hidden pockets along with a single breast pocket. The uniform is in very good condition with no holes or damage. Very good example in excellent condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 3 Late War Tunic A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army late war tunic. The tunic is dated for 1945 and a size medium. The late war Type 3 uniform was made with significant changes to the earlier Type 3 examples. The length of the tunic was shortened and the 2 lower pockets were removed, all as a material and cost cutting requirement. A good example complete all of the original buttons and bayonet loop to the rear of the tunic.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 98 Winter Uniform A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 98 winter uniform for enlisted men and NCO’s. The Type 98 uniform was introduced in 1938 to replace the earlier Type 5 from 1930. The uniform consists of thick lined tunic and trousers for use in cold areas. Both the tunic and trousers are complete with all of the original buttons and ties. The tunic is dated Showa 17 for 1942 and the trousers are dated Showa 16 for 1941. Both parts are complete and in very good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 99 Backpack A very nice original WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 99 backpack. The light green canvas backpack is nicely marked for 1941 and was manufactured in the Tokyo Army Garment Factory, Japan. The Japanese soldiers nicknamed the Type 99 backpack the ‘Octopus’ due to all the straps and ties. A good example with no holes or tears.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Killed In Action Badge A WW2 Japanese Killed In Action (KIA) or Bereavement Badge. These were given to families who lost a loved one in, or as a result of injuries from the war. The pin fastened medal bears a cherry blossom on the front and the reverse reads ‘Military Bereavement Award’. In addition to the badge the bereaved family received a pension and funeral expenses along with help for school tuition for school-age children. The wooden presentation box has a yellow suede interior and measures 12.3 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm deep. Both the badge and presentation box are in very good condition. An interesting piece.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Killed In Action Badge A WW2 Japanese Killed In Action (KIA) or Bereavement Badge. These were given to families who lost a loved one in, or as a result of injuries from the war. The pin fastened medal bears a cherry blossom on the front and the reverse reads ‘Military Bereavement Award’. In addition to the badge the bereaved family received a pension and funeral expenses along with help for school tuition for school-age children. The wooden presentation box has a yellow suede interior and measures 12.3 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm deep. Both the badge and presentation box are in very good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Killed In Action Badge A WW2 Japanese Killed In Action (KIA) or Bereavement Badge. These were given to families who lost a loved one in, or as a result of injuries from the war. The pin fastened medal bears a cherry blossom on the front and the reverse reads ‘Military Bereavement Award’. In addition to the badge the bereaved family received a pension and funeral expenses along with help for school tuition for school-age children. The wooden presentation box has a yellow suede interior and measures 12.3 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm deep. Both the badge and presentation box are in good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Killed In Action Badge A WW2 Japanese Killed In Action (KIA) or Bereavement Badge. These were given to families who lost a loved one in, or as a result of injuries from the war. The pin fastened medal bears a cherry blossom on the front and the reverse reads ‘Military Bereavement Award’. In addition to the badge the bereaved family received a pension and funeral expenses along with help for school tuition for school-age children. The wooden presentation box has a yellow suede interior and measures 12.3 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm deep. Both the badge and presentation box are in very good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Killed In Action Badge A WW2 Japanese Killed In Action (KIA) or Bereavement Badge. These were given to families who lost a loved one in, or as a result of injuries from the war. The pin fastened medal bears a cherry blossom on the front and the reverse reads ‘Military Bereavement Award’. In addition to the badge the bereaved family received a pension and funeral expenses along with help for school tuition for school-age children. The wooden presentation box has a yellow suede interior and measures 12.3 cm tall by 6.5 cm wide and 2.1 cm deep. Both the badge and presentation box are in very good condition. An interesting piece.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Military Support Association Fubako A very uncommon WW2 Imperial Japanese 'fubako' medal / document box. The large wood and black lacquered box was returned to the family of a deceased soldier. The box contained the soldiers medals and documentation. The Military Support Association was formed during the Russo-Japanese War. The 2 piece box has purple silk cords attached either side for securing. The inside of the lid reads ‘Military Support’. The box measures 25 cm long by 12 cm wide and 8 cm tall. An unusual item and in good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Military Wound Badge A WW2 Japanese military wound badge. The badge was issued in two versions, Senshou (wounded in battle) and Koushou (wounded in public service). This is the 1938 - 1945 Senshou award for wounded in battle. The badge is a gilt silver with deep red enamel. The reverse of the badge reads ‘Military wound badge’ and is fixed by a double pin fastening. The badge is in good condition with no enamel damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1939 Gunnery Award 1st Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1939 skill at arms 1st class gunnery award. From 1929 to the end of the war in 1945, the Japanese Navy introduced annual awards in the form of prizes for the highest scoring sailors. This new regulation stated that enlisted men and NCO’s who had participated in navy skills tests and maintained high scores throughout the year were to be awarded a citation and a prize. Officers were excluded. The 1939 award was in the form of a ceramic wall hung plate. The plate shows a map of East Asia with Japan, Korea, and Taiwan highlighted in red as these were already part of the expanding empire. Manchuria is outlined in orange as the war with China was still being fought. The figure on horseback is Kusunoki Masashige, a samurai from the 14th century whose statue is outside the imperial palace. The rear of the award reads ‘Showa 14 (1939), Navy Test Award’, along with 2 holes for hanging. The rear also has the ‘Hattori’ makers mark. The 1st class award has a diameter of 22.5cm. Very good condition with no damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1939 Gunnery Award 2nd Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1939 skill at arms 2nd class gunnery award. From 1929 to the end of the war in 1945, the Japanese Navy introduced annual awards in the form of prizes for the highest scoring sailors. This new regulation stated that enlisted men and NCO’s who had participated in navy skills tests and maintained high scores throughout the year were to be awarded a citation and a prize. Officers were excluded. The 1939 award was in the form of a ceramic wall hung plate. The plate shows a map of East Asia with Japan, Korea, and Taiwan highlighted in red as these were already part of the expanding empire. Manchuria is outlined in orange as the war with China was still being fought. The figure on horseback is Kusunoki Masashige, a samurai from the 14th century whose statue is outside the imperial palace. The rear of the award reads ‘Showa 14 (1939), Navy Test Award’, along with 2 holes for hanging. The rear also has the ‘Hattori’ makers mark. The 2nd class award has a diameter of 20.5cm. Very good condition with no damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1941 Gunnery Award 1st Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1941 skill at arms 1st class gunnery award. From 1929 to the end of the war in 1945, the Japanese Navy introduced annual awards in the form of prizes for the highest scoring sailors. This new regulation stated that enlisted men and NCO’s who had participated in navy skills tests and maintained high scores throughout the year were to be awarded a citation and a prize. Officers were excluded. The 1941 award was in the form of a ceramic figure of Japanese naval hero Admiral Togo. Admiral Togo secured victory for Japan commanding the naval fleet against the Russians during the Japan Russo war 1904 - 1905. The rear of the award reads ‘Showa 16 (1941), Navy Test Award’. The underneath has the ‘Hattori’ makers mark. The 1st class award stands at 21.5 cm. Very good condition with no damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 2nd Lieutenant Shoulder Boards A pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 2nd Lieutenant shoulder boards. The rank of 2nd or Sub Lieutenant is indicated by the 2 metal cherry blossom pipe on each shoulder board. The black wool and gold bullion boards are complete with the Imperial Navy buttons with metal and leather clips to the rear. The boards each measure 13 cm long by 5 cm wide.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Bento Box A fantastic WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Bento or food tin. The IJN used the aluminium bento boxes throughout WW2 for both ships crews and the SNLF (special naval landing forces) both on ship and when ashore. The top of the box is embossed with an anchor and the kanji beneath reads ‘Department of Navy’. The bento box measures 19 cm long by 14 cm wide and 5.5 cm tall. A very uncommon item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Bento Box A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Bento or food tin. The IJN used the aluminium bento boxes throughout WW2 for both ships crews and the SNLF (special naval landing forces) both on ship and when ashore. The top of the box is embossed with an anchor and the kanji beneath reads ‘Department of Navy’. The bento box measures 19 cm long by 14 cm wide and 5.5 cm tall. An uncommon item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Chief Petty Officer Insignia A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Chief Petty Officer sleeve insignia. The post 1942 cloth insignia shows an anchor within a wreath below a metal cherry blossom and 3 horizontal stripes. Worn on the upper right sleeve. 8 cm tall by 5.3 cm wide Very nice condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Ink Stamp A very nice WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Hanko or ink stamp. The hanko comes in a green tin with the Imperial Japanese war flag painted on the lid. The inside of the tin lid is printed the Imperial rescript to soldiers and sailors: Should be loyal Should be polite Should be brave Should be faithful Should be frugal The tin contains 2 compartments with ink and 2 compartments for the stamps. The smaller red stamp is not present. The 2 larger black stamps has the sailors number, ‘46032’ and name, ‘Takeshi Myagawa’. The tin measures 8.5 cm long by 5.5 cm wide and 1.5 cm tall. Good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Napkin Rings A very uncommon pair of Imperial Japanese Navy napkin rings. The silver plate metal rings are each engraved with the IJN anchor and cherry blossom. There would have been used exclusively in the officers mess, both aboard ship and at the naval bases. The rings measure 4.5 cm wide and 2.8 cm tall. Please note, I have 6 these and they are being sold in pairs. Great display pieces of almost unique items.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Officer Cadet Shoulder Boards A fantastic pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy officer cadet shoulder boards. The black wool and gold bullion boards are complete with the Imperial Navy buttons and metal clips to the rear. During training, cadets at the Imperial Naval Academy were taught various subjects in naval science such as seamanship, navigation, and gunnery, as well as general education subjects. The training program stressed physical fitness and toughness and placed great emphasis on the traditional Japanese military values of loyalty, courtesy, valor, and simplicity The boards each measure 12.5 cm long by 4.2 cm wide.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Officers Sword Hanger A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy officers sword hanger. The leather hanger is complete with all fixtures and has a blue material backing. The hanger is in good solid condition with some moth holes to the blue fabric on the rear. Overall length is 15”.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy SNLF Graduation Book 1939 A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Landing Forces (SNLF) graduation book. The green covered hardback book is dated for 1939 and is from the Sasebo Naval Training Academy. The book has 50 pages each with multiple pictures. The pictures show the basic training and then the specialist field training and passing out parades. Each page has a glassine protective sheet to protect the images printed beneath. A very interesting insight to the SNLF training. Overall good condition with no missing pages or damage. The book measures 27 cm wide and 19 cm tall with a depth of 2.3 cm.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 3rd Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 3rd class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888, with the 3rd class being worn around the neck suspended on a ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. The higher classes of the medal were usually reserved for officers. The medal is in very good condition and is complete with original black lacquered presentation box. A very nice wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 4th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 4th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. The higher classes of the medal were usually reserved for officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with its lapel badge and original black lacquered presentation box. A fantastic complete wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 5th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 5th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. The higher classes of the medal were usually reserved for officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete in its original black lacquered presentation box. A fantastic wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 5th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 5th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. The higher classes of the medal were usually reserved for officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with lapel badge, all in its original black lacquered presentation box. Excellent wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 5th Class WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure 5th class medal. The Sacred Treasure award was established in 1888 and is the only Japanese medal that has a triangular fold in the ribbon. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes, from 8th up to 1st for long and/or meritorious military service. The higher classes of the medal were usually reserved for officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with lapel badge, all in its original black lacquered presentation box. Good wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Paratrooper Training Belt A WW2 Imperial Japanese paratroopers weighted training belt. The Imperial Japanese Army developed an airborne paratroop force in the late 1930s, but the program did not receive much attention by the Imperial General Headquarters until review of the success of similar German paratroop units during the Blitzkrieg of 1940. They were first deployed in combat during the Battle of Palembang, on Sumatra in the Netherlands East Indies on 14th February 1942 The beige canvas belt has 10 cord tied compartments. This example has 7 of the 10 compartments containing a lead weight. Each of the lead weights has the kanji for ‘Su’ scratched onto them. The belt is secured with 2 leather buckled straps. The inside of the belt has a softer cotton fabric lining along with the owners name stitched on, which reads ‘Suwa’. The belt from end to end measures 34.5” and is just over 3” tall. With the weights, the belt weighs 2 KGs. An uncommon item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Pilot Figure An uncommon WW2 Japanese patriotic figure of a pilot. The hand painted ceramic figure is in full flight gear and complete with sword. This type of item was popular in Japan during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. The pilot stands at 15 cm tall and is without damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Winter Tank Uniform A WW2 Imperial Japanese winter tank uniform. The 2 piece uniform comprises of a thick padded pair dungarees and a thick padded short jacket. The dungarees are complete with all pockets, buttons and ankle ties. The jacket is also complete with all buttons and a fur lined collar. The set is dated for Showa 18, 1943 and was manufactured in Osaka, Japan. The uniform is in good overall condition with very few holes or damage. The stitching in the crotch area has come undone, and although fixable, it is not noticeable when displayed. A very rare complete uniform.
WW2 Japanese 1000 Stitch Belt / Senninbari A WW2 Japanese soldiers 1000 stitch belt or ‘Senninbari’. The 1000 stitch belt was a Japanese good luck item during battle. It was traditionally worn by soldier’s around the waist under the uniform. Senninbari were most commonly made from white cloth with 1000 single stitches. The Senninbari was made by females, traditionally by a man's mother, sister, or wife if married. The belt is named to a ‘Katsuyoshi Matahira’ and is in good condition, measuring 122 cm long with a height of 16.5 cm. A good example.
WW2 Japanese 2600th Year Medal 1940 A Japanese medal celebrating 2600 years of the Japanese Empire. In 1940 an effort to bolster national spirit celebrated the 2600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire. The front of the medal shows a chrysanthemum, the symbol of the Imperial family above Nijubashi bridge that leads into the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo. The rear of the medal reads ‘2600th year of the Imperial Era Celebration Commemorative Medal, Showa 1940’. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and comes in its original presentation box.
WW2 Japanese Aircraft Mechanic Field Cap A WW2 Japanese aircraft mechanic field cap. The light green cotton cap has a short cloth visor and ear flaps that tie above the cap. The inside of the cap band has the army acceptance marks. Small size. These caps were worn by aircraft and vehicle mechanics in the field and were nicknamed ‘dirty’ caps. Very good condition.
WW2 Japanese Army Bunchin A WW2 Japanese Army Bunchin or paper weight. The bunchin was used to hold the paper in place during writing. This brass example is in the form of a Japanese sword tsuba. The tsuba has kanji reading ‘Longevity’ along with a single cherry blossom and bamboo leaves below clouds. The bunchin has a diameter of 8.5 cm. Fantastic patina.
WW2 Japanese Army Bunchin A WW2 Japanese Army Bunchin or paper weight. The bunchin was used to hold the paper in place during writing. This brass patriotic example shows a large bomb with a Japanese type 90 helmet with the Imperial Army star. The kanji on the bomb reads ‘Japan will rule the skies’. The item measures 5” long and 2” at its widest point. Fantastic patina.
WW2 Japanese Army Type 3 Uniform Trousers A pair of Imperial Japanese Army Type 3 uniform trousers. The Type 3 uniform was introduced in 1943 and was similar to the Type 98 uniform but made of cheaper materials. Type 3 uniforms for enlisted men also consisted of only 3 size options compared to the 6 size options for the Type 98. The trousers are named to a ‘Nagayoshi’ and dated for Showa 19, 1944. All the original buttons, along with waist and ankle ties are present. Good used condition with no holes or damage.
WW2 Japanese Army Type 99 Water Bottle A WW2 Japanese army Type 99 enlisted mans / NCO’s water bottle. Dated ‘Showa 17’ (1942). The water bottle has the cork and wood ‘Model B’ stopper, which was introduced in 1942. The body of the canteen still retains most of its original paint and is without dents or holes. The bottle is housed in a ‘Model A’ harness which was an all webbing version with a leather and buckle strap to secure the stopper. This example has a field repair of a cloth strap in place of the leather strap. Some nibbles to wooden stopper. Overall good field used example.
WW2 Japanese Army Type 99 Water Bottle A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 99 enlisted mans / NCO’s water bottle. The water bottle has the cork and aluminium ‘Model C’ stopper. The body of the canteen still retains most of its original paint and is without holes. The bottle is named to a ‘Shirashi’ and is dated for ‘Showa 16’ (1941). The bottle is housed in a ‘Model C’ harness which was an all webbing version without the leather and buckles of the previous Model B variant. Good complete example in untouched condition.
WW2 Japanese Army Type 99 Water Bottle A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 99 enlisted mans / NCO’s water bottle. The water bottle has the cork and aluminium ‘Model C’ stopper. The body of the canteen still retains most of its original paint and is without holes. The bottle is dated for ‘Showa 16’ (1941). The bottle is housed in a ‘Model C’ harness which was an all webbing version without the leather and buckles of the previous Model B variant. The stopper cord has had a field repair and been replace by string. Nice field used example.
WW2 Japanese China Incident Medal 1937 - 1945 A Japanese WW2 period China incident medal. The 30mm bronze medal was issued to Japanese soldiers that served in the Japanese 1937 to 1945 war with China. The medal was created in 1939 and abolished after the war in 1945. The detailing on the medal is superb with the bar reading ‘Military Service Medal’. The rear of the medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good example.
WW2 Japanese China Incident Medal 1937 - 1945 A Japanese WW2 period China incident medal. The 30mm bronze medal was issued to Japanese soldiers that served in the Japanese 1937 to 1945 war with China. The medal was created in 1939 and abolished after the war in 1945. The detailing on the medal is superb with the bar reading ‘Military Service Medal’. The rear of the medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. The medal is complete with original ribbon and box, all in excellent condition. Nice complete example.
WW2 Japanese China Incident Medal 1937 - 1945 A Japanese WW2 period China incident medal. The 30mm bronze medal was issued to Japanese soldiers that served in the Japanese 1937 to 1945 war with China. The medal was created in 1939 and abolished after the war in 1945. The detailing on the medal is superb with the bar reading ‘Military Service Medal’. The rear of the medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. The medal is complete with original ribbon and box, all in good condition. Nice example.
WW2 Japanese China Incident Medal 1937 - 1945 A Japanese WW2 period China incident medal. The 30mm bronze medal was issued to Japanese soldiers that served in the Japanese 1937 to 1945 war with China. The medal was created in 1939 and abolished after the war in 1945. The detailing on the medal is superb with the bar reading ‘Military Service Medal’. The rear of the medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. The medal is complete with original ribbon and box, all in good condition. Good example.
WW2 Japanese Conscripted Labourer Badge A very uncommon WW2 Japanese conscripted labourer cloth patch / badge. The conscripted labourers patch was introduced in Japan in August 1943 by the Ministry of Welfare. These were issued to workers conscripted into wartime production service. The square silk backed cloth badge measures 8 cm by 8 cm. A nice original item.
WW2 Japanese Douin Bukuro A WW2 Japanese ‘Douin Bukuro’ or Mobilisation bag. The Douin Bukuro was a mid to late war item issued to fighting age draftees. The similar Houkou Bukuro bag was issued to soldiers and reservists to hold their existing military records and documentation. The new untrained draftees with no military experience / documentation were issued these brown canvas ‘mobilisation bags’. The bag has the Imperial Japanese military zig-zag symbol across the top and is complete with drawstring. Good condition with no holes or tears. 30 cm tall by 22 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Golden Kite Medal 6th Class A very nice WW2 Japanese Order Of The Golden Kite medal 6th class. The Order of the Golden Kite was an exclusively military award for bravery, leadership or command in battle.The Golden Kite medal was established in 1890 by Emperor Meiji and was officially abolished in 1947. The order consisted of 7 classes. Enlisted soldiers were eligible for the 7th–5th classes, NCO’s were eligible for the 6th–4th classes, Junior Officers for the 5th – 3rd classes, Field Grade Officers for the 4th-2nd classes and General Officers for the 3rd-1st classes. The gilt solid silver medal is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box and lapel badge. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Golden Kite Medal 6th Class A very nice WW2 Japanese Order Of The Golden Kite medal 6th class. The Order of the Golden Kite was an exclusively military award for bravery, leadership or command in battle.The Golden Kite medal was established in 1890 by Emperor Meiji and was officially abolished in 1947. The order consisted of 7 classes. Enlisted soldiers were eligible for the 7th–5th classes, NCO’s were eligible for the 6th–4th classes, Junior Officers for the 5th – 3rd classes, Field Grade Officers for the 4th-2nd classes and General Officers for the 3rd-1st classes. The gilt solid silver medal is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box and lapel badge. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Golden Kite Medal 7th Class A very nice WW2 Japanese Order Of The Golden Kite medal in 7th class. The Order of the Golden Kite was an exclusively military award for bravery, leadership or command in battle.The Golden Kite medal was established in 1890 by Emperor Meiji and was officially abolished in 1947. The order consisted of 7 classes. Enlisted soldiers were eligible for the 7th–5th classes, NCO’s were eligible for the 6th–4th classes, Junior Officers for the 5th – 3rd classes, Field Grade Officers for the 4th-2nd classes and General Officers for the 3rd-1st classes. The solid silver medal is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box and lapel badge. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. A very fine complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Great East Asia War Medal A WW2 Japanese Great East Asia War medal. The medal bar reads ‘War Medal’, the reverse is inscribed with ‘Great East Asia War Medal’. The Great East Asia war medal was originally established in 1944 to commemorate the later stages of WW2. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing.
WW2 Japanese Great East Asia War Medal A WW2 Japanese Great East Asia War medal. The Great East Asia war medal was originally established in 1944 to commemorate the later stages of WW2. The medal bar reads ‘War Medal’, the reverse is inscribed with ‘Great East Asia War Medal’. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with original presentation box and paperwork.
WW2 Japanese Honour Cord A WW2 Japanese Kokumin Fukugirisho or Honour Cord. The honour cord was not an official award but privately purchased to be worn with the Kokumin Fuku for ceremonies. The Kokumin Fuku was the men's civil attire introduced in Japan in 1940 during WW2. Some examples carry the family crest in the centre of the badge. The badge is a thick purple braided silk design with a button hole at either end. They were worn from the right pocket of the tunic. The reverse of this example reads that it was manufactured in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The box has the famous Japanese WW2 slogan Hakkou Ichiu (all the world under one roof) on the lid. The original instructions of how to wear the badge are also in the box. A very nice item.
WW2 Japanese Honour Cord A WW2 Japanese Kokumin Fukugirisho or Honour Cord. The honour cord was not an official award but privately purchased to be worn with the Kokumin Fuku for ceremonies. The Kokumin Fuku was the men's civil attire introduced in Japan in 1940 during WW2. Some examples carry the family crest in the centre of the badge. The badge is a thick purple braided silk design with a button hole at either end. They were worn from the right pocket of the tunic. The reverse of this example reads that it was manufactured in Kyoto, Japan. The box has the famous Japanese WW2 slogan Hakkou Ichiu (all the world under one roof) on the lid. The original instructions of how to wear the badge are also in the box. A nice example.
WW2 Japanese Houkou Bukuro A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army service bag or ‘Houkou Bukuro’. The Houkou Bukuro was issued to all servicemen and was used to carry all military documentation and paraphernalia. This example is named to a ‘Rizaburo Uchida’. The beige hessian bag has the Imperial Japanese military zig-zag symbol across the top below the drawstring. The reverse of the bag has a list of the official contents to be carried in it. The list includes: 1. Military Paybook (guntai techo), Medals and Decorations 2. Certificates of Qualifications, Military Specialist Certificates. 3. Draft or call up papers. 4. Other items: savings books etc. The bag is in good condition and is complete with its original drawstring. Measurements are 33 cm tall by 23 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Houkou Bukuro A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army service bag or ‘Houkou Bukuro’. The Houkou Bukuro was issued to all servicemen and was used to carry all military documentation and paraphernalia. This example is named to a ‘Yohachi Kakizaki’. The green hessian bag has the Imperial Japanese military zig-zag symbol across the top below the drawstring. The reverse of the bag has a list of the official contents to be carried in it. The list includes: 1. Military Paybook (guntai techo), Medals and Decorations 2. Certificates of Qualifications, Military Specialist Certificates. 3. Draft or call up papers. 4. Other items: savings books etc. The bag is in good condition and is complete with its original drawstring. Measurements are 32 cm tall by 21 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Houkou Bukuro A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army service bag or ‘Houkou Bukuro’. The Houkou Bukuro was issued to all servicemen and was used to carry all military documentation and paraphernalia. This example is named to a ‘Suekichi Ueda’. The green hessian bag has the Imperial Japanese military zig-zag symbol across the top below the drawstring. The reverse of the bag has a list of the official contents to be carried in it. The list includes: 1. Military Paybook (guntai techo), Medals and Decorations 2. Certificates of Qualifications, Military Specialist Certificates. 3. Draft or call up papers. 4. Other items: savings books etc. The bag is in good condition and is complete with its original drawstring. Measurements are 32 cm tall by 21 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Houkou Bukuro A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army service bag or ‘Houkou Bukuro’. The Houkou Bukuro was issued to all servicemen and was used to carry all military documentation and paraphernalia. This example is named to a ‘Utaro Kameoka’. The green hessian bag has the Imperial Japanese military zig-zag symbol across the top below the drawstring. The reverse of the bag has a list of the official contents to be carried in it. The list includes: 1. Military Paybook (guntai techo), Medals and Decorations 2. Certificates of Qualifications, Military Specialist Certificates. 3. Draft or call up papers. 4. Other items: savings books etc. The bag is in good condition and is complete with its original drawstring. Measurements are 32 cm tall by 21 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Imon Bukuro A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Comfort bag or ‘Imon Bukuro’. The Imon Bukuro was used to give servicemen on the frontline luxuries, these could be in the form of letters from home, soap, toothbrushes, fans, boxes of matches and canned food. This example was sent from the Fukushima prefecture in Japan to a soldier named ‘Yoshiro Suzuki’. Interestingly the bag is addressed: 30th Infantry Regiment Army Hospital Internal Medical Room Chief of Medical Care Presumably Mr Suzuki was an army doctor attached to the 30th infantry regiment. The bag has a couple of military stamps on the reverse and measures 35 cm tall by 24 cm wide.
WW2 Japanese Marksmanship Badge An early WW2 Imperial Japanese Army marksmanship badge. The badge shows a cherry blossom with crossed rifles and is a copper colour with gold edges. The metal marksmanship badge was awarded in 4 classes with this example being a 3rd class. This is a pre 1941 example as the marksmanship badge was manufactured in aluminium from 1941 until the end of the war. A nice example.
WW2 Japanese National Defence Women’s Association Tasuki A very nice Imperial Japanese National Defence Women’s Association Tasuki (Sash). The Association started in 1932 and grew out of the ‘Osaka National Defence Women's Association’, which was formed to give send offs to troops to Manchuria, and to welcome them on their return. The association grew in size thanks to activities carried out mainly by housewives and working women, such as raising money for national defence, recycling discarded goods, and collecting other donations. In 1942 it was finally absorbed into the ‘Great Japan Women's Association’ which continued its efforts until the end of WW2. The white very finely woven sash reads ‘ Greater Japan National Defence Women's Association’. This example is from the ‘Asahikawa Headquarters’ in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. The sash measures 60 cm long by 6.5 cm wide. A very nice display piece.
WW2 Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 5th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 5th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes with the class awarded depending on the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to private soldiers and non-commissioned officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with lapel badge and its original black lacquered presentation box. A very nice complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 6th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 6th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes with the class awarded depending on the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to private soldiers and non-commissioned officers. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete with lapel badge and its original black lacquered presentation box. A very nice complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Order Of The Rising Sun Medal 8th Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 8th class medal. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875. The solid silver medal was awarded in eight classes with the class awarded depending on the rank of the recipient, primarily granted to private soldiers and non-commissioned officers. The medal is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box and lapel badge. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. A very nice complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Patriotic Hand Fan A very nice WW2 Japanese patriotic hand fan. The thin paper fan shows the national flag along with the words ‘Enhance The Prestige Of The Country’ on one side. The reverse is blank. The main wooden end piece of the fan is marked for a military facility in the Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. When opened the fan measures 16” long by 9” tall. The fan is in very good condition. Fantastic war time example.
WW2 Japanese Patriotic Postcard Set A set of WW2 Japanese patriotic postcard set. The set includes 8 unused postcards all of which show military images, from tanks to pilots and communications. The set is complete with its original card envelope showing a tank beneath the rising sun. Sets like this were very popular during the WW2 period. Each postcard measures 14 cm by 9 cm and the envelope when closed measures 19 cm by 10 cm. A very nice set.
WW2 Japanese Patriotic Postcard Set A set of WW2 Japanese patriotic postcard set. The set includes 8 unused postcards all of which show military images, from tanks to pilots and even a haircut. The set is complete with its original card envelope showing mechanics working on a Mitsubishi K30 light bomber. Sets like this were very popular during the WW2 period. Each postcard measures 14 cm by 9 cm and the envelope when closed measures 19 cm by 10 cm. A very nice set.
WW2 Japanese Telescopic Parade Flag A fantastic WW2 Japanese telescopic parade flag. The flag comes with its original cloth bag. The flag stick is a 3 piece telescopic example in black and white celluloid / plastic. The top of the stick has a gold painted ball finial. The flag itself is cotton and shows the national Hinomaru red circle on a white background. The corners of the flag at the hoist end are both reinforced with leather. When fully extended the flag stick measures 33.5 cm and when closed 12 cm. The cotton flag measures 28 cm long by 22 cm tall. The original cloth bag is titled ‘National Flag’ and was once white but has now browned with age. The bag measures 13 cm long by 5 cm wide. An uncommon and complete item.
WW2 Japanese Type 4 Hand Grenade A WW2 Japanese Type 4 hand grenade. The Type 4 hand grenade was a last ditch weapon produced at the later stages of WW2. The Type 4 is also known as the “ceramic grenade” because it was made of porcelain or terracotta. These were materials which could be found at the end of the war when more traditional grenade materials were in short supply. The Imperial Japanese Navy Technical Bureau introduced the idea as it was easier to make and cheaper to produce than traditional grenades with Japans dwindling resources. Traditional Japanese ceramic and pottery factories were used to produce the grenades. When filled with explosives the grenades would weigh around the 450 gram mark making them easy to transport and throw. The grenade was detonated with a simple fuse system with a 4 to 5 second delay. These grenades were used by the Japanese in both the Battle of Okinawa and the Battle of Iwo Jima. The grenade has a diameter of 8 cm and stands at 9 cm tall. Good solid condition with no cracks or damage.
WW2 Japanese Type 92 Machine Gun Feed Strip A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Type 92 machine gun feed strip. The zinc washed steel ammo or feed strip holds 30 rounds. In 1932 the Type 3 machine gun was replaced with the Type 92. The Type 92 was chambered for the 7.7 x 68 Arisaka round. Initially the feed strips for the Type 92 were brass, like its predecessor the Type 3. In 1943 the feed strips were being produced in tinned or zinc washed steel as the brass was needed more for actual ammunition purposes. The strip measures 41.6 cm long by 6.4 cm tall. Good used mid to late war example.
WW2 Japanese War Dead Yasukuni Enshrinement Badges A pair of Yasukuni shrine war dead enshrinement badges. These were given to the family members at the ceremony when their loved ones were enshrined at the Yasukuni war dead shrine, Tokyo, Japan. The enshrinement ceremonies were held twice a year, in spring and autumn during WW2. The number at the top is a registration number and the numbers can be matched to the Yasukuni record books. This way the recipient's name and hometown can be established. The pair of badges are dated for 1939. On the reverse of the badges are the names ‘Tono Honda’ and ‘Kaori Honda’ which presumably are the deceased servicemans parents. An uncommon named pair.
WW2 Japanese War Dead Yasukuni Enshrinement Badges A pair of Yasukuni shrine war dead enshrinement badges. These were given to the family members at the ceremony when their loved ones were enshrined at the Yasukuni war dead shrine, Tokyo, Japan. The enshrinement ceremonies were held twice a year, in spring and autumn during WW2. The number at the top is a registration number and the numbers can be matched to the Yasukuni record books. This way the recipient's name and hometown can be established. The pair of badges are dated for 1943. An uncommon pair.
WW2 Periodical Notes On The German Army Pamphlets 1941 A pair of original WW2 Periodical Notes On The German Army pamphlets. The pamphlets are No. 34 dated January 1941 and No. 35 dated February 1941. Both pamphlets are in good condition with some rusting to the staples. The pamphlets contain information about German tactics, formations and even the psychology of German soldiers. No. 34 is 20 pages in total and No. 35 has 16. Each pamphlet measures 21.5 cm tall by 13.5 cm wide. Good original items.
WW2 Royal Army Service Corps Egypt Souvenir 1942 A very nice WW2 British Royal Army Service Corps Egypt souvenir. The rectangular cloth piece is made from velvet and has a white fringe border. The hand stitched piece reads ‘To My Darling Wife, Souvenir Of Egypt 1942’ and shows an RASC badge surrounded by palm trees, a camel and the pyramids. These would have been hand made by the local Egyptians and sold to the soldiers stationed there during the war. The fabric is in good condition with no holes or rips. The fringe stitching has some minor loss in 2 places, which can easily be repaired. 85 cm long by 39 cm tall. A nice original item.
WW2 Royal Observer Corps Lapel Badge A WW2 Royal Observer Corps large lapel badge. The pre 1941 badge has a blue enamel ring with the words ‘Forewarned is Forearmed, Observer Corps’. The badge shows an Elizabethan coastwatcher holding a flaming torch and scanning the horizon. The reverse of the badge has the makers mark ‘ Phillips Aldershot‘. 28mm diameter. A pre 1941 example as the word ‘Royal’ was awarded to the Observer Corps in April 1941. This was in recognition of service carried out by Observer Corps during the Battle of Britain.
WW2 Russian PPSh-41 Drum Magazine A WW2 Russian PPSh-41 71 round drum magazine. I have several of these 7.62 x 25mm magazines and all of them are in good working condition with the ‘Molot’ factory stamp. *****UK POSTAGE ONLY*****
WW2 U.S. Thompson SMG 30 Round Magazine By Crosby An original WW2 American .45 Thompson sub machine gun 30 round magazine, manufactured by Crosby. The magazine is stamped: ‘US 30 45cal'. Fantastic original example. *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
WW2 US Army M3 Binoculars A pair of WW2 US army M3 6 x 30 binoculars. The binoculars are complete with their M17 leather carrying case. Both the binoculars and the case have the leather carry straps. The 1942 dated binoculars are marked: Binocular M3 6X30 Nash-Kelvinator Corp 1942 H.M.R. Both eyepiece focus adjustments work well, with the left eyepiece having a measuring reticle. The left eyepiece has some speckling. On a side note, the story that accompanied these binoculars was that they were swapped by an American officer for a full hip flask of whiskey from a British officer late in the war. Overall a very good complete and usable example.
WW2 US BAR .30 - 06 Magazine A WW2 US BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) 20 round magazine. The .30 - 06 calibre magazine is unopened and still in its original paper factory wrapping. *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
WW2 USAAF Tunic 1944 A WW2 USAAF tunic. The 1944 dated tunic or ‘Ike’ jacket is complete with all its original insignia. The tunic is for the rank of Corporal as indicated by the 2 blue and green wool stripes on each of the arms. The left arm has the original USAAF wool patch along with 5 metal overseas service bars. The collars each have a metal 2 piece screw back USAAF insignia and the chest has the ‘Ruptured Duck’ patch which was allowed to be worn by all servicemen that left the military with an honourable discharge. Size 36S. All buttons and waist popper present and functioning. Inside the tunics left inside pocket is an original beige linen issue service tie. Very good condition war time example and a superb display piece.
Zulu Knobkerry A large South African Zulu knobkerry. The large sized traditional Zulu weapon is made from an African hardwood and has a shaft length of 53 cm. The base of the shaft has a palm swell and the head has a diameter of 10 cm. Interestingly the toward the top of the shaft is a silver collar that reads: 'Presented to C. W. Barnish By Zulu Chief Dingabakubo Mapumulo At Umdumezulu on 14th September 1941' The collar is marked 'Silver' along with an early South African hallmark. After some research, Mr C W Barnish was an employee of the Lever company (now Unilever) and was involved with the South African division of the business. The age of the knobkerry itself is unknown, it has a fantastic patina and shows signs of significant age. A formidable weapon. Good condition with no splits or cracks with an overall length of 61 cm, and a weight of a touch over 700 grams.