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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 Navy Bosuns Persuader A very good 19th century Bosuns ‘Persuader’ or sometimes referred to as a ‘Starter’. The Boatswain or Bosun was the senior non-commissioned officer on board British Naval ships. The Persuader was used to keep sailors in line and to ‘start’ the men who were slacking along with helping to ‘persuade’ (press gang) unwilling sailors to enlist. The piece is made from lead weights in tightly plaited twine with a tar like coating. Both of the ‘business’ ends are connected with a malacca shaft with a cord wrist strap. The item measures 30 cm in length. A very nice original piece.
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.
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 1894 - 1895 Sino War Medal A scare 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 is complete with its original plain black lacquer and red velvet lined presentation case. A very good example.
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 Army 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 Army 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 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 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 Cigarette Case A WW2 period Imperial Japanese Army cigarette case. The nickel plated engine turned case is engraved on the front and the rear. The front shows the Imperial Japanese Army star along with the war flag above a helmet and rifle. The kanji reads ‘The flowers are cherry blossoms and the people are samurai’. The rear of the case shows a map of the Hebei area which was a part of China the Japanese occupied from the 1930’s until the end of the war. The case has a functioning press release button. The elastic retaining strips from the inside are not present. The case measures 9.5 cm wide by 8 cm tall.
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 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 Imperial Guard Figure A figure of a Japanese Imperial Guard soldier. The metal figure in full matching order is on a plinth which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Imperial Guards. The figure measures 20 cm tall.
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’. 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 Meiji Period Photograph A Meiji period photograph of an Imperial Japanese Army soldier. The black and white photograph shows a Sgt with his sword. The photograph is mounted within a card frame and named to a Himeji photographer ‘T. Sunagawa’. 13 cm tall by 9 cm wide.
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 Bottle An Imperial Japanese Army sake bottle. The blue ceramic bottle has an Imperial Japanese Army star painted inside a cherry blossom on one side and a tree mounted scroll on the opposite side. The bottle commemorates the ‘End Of Military Service’ to an infantry soldier named ‘Ohashi’. He served with the 13th Infantry Regiment. During WW2 the 13th Infantry Regiment saw action in the Solomon Islands. 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 Sake Bottle A very nice Imperial Japanese Army sake bottle. The green ceramic bottle commemorates ‘Participation in large exercises’ and ‘Retirement memorial’ for a soldier in the 19th Infantry Regiment. The bottle shows painted chrysanthemums and leaves with a banner. The sake bottle stands at 14.5 cm and has a diameter of 6.5 cm. Good condition with no chips or cracks.
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 Cup 41st Infantry Regiment A very nice Imperial Japanese Army ceramic sake cup. The Sakazuki shaped cup has a hand painted war flag and cherry blossom on the interior. The cup celebrates the ’End of service’ for a soldier named ‘Mitsui’ from the 41st Infantry Regiment. The 41st Infantry Regiment formed in 1888 and were involved in the First Sino-Japanese War, Boxer Rebellion, Russo-Japanese War and WW2. The cup has a diameter of 7.4 cm and stands at 3.2 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 Siberia Intervention Group An interesting Imperial Japanese Army Siberia Intervention group. The group consists of a soldiers Guntai Techo, or ID book and a campaign medal. The group belonged to a soldier named ‘Katsuo Kasai’ born in December 1900 from the Aomori prefecture in northern Japan. Private 1st class Kasai served with the 52nd Infantry Regiment of the 8th Division for 3 years (1920 - 1923). In 1921 the 8th Division was sent to Siberia as part of the Siberian intervention and was assigned to garrison Khabarovsk Krai and Amur Oblast. Both the ID book and campaign medal are in good condition.
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 Golden Kite Medal 7th Class An Imperial 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 has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Good 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. 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 1946. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and comes in its original presentation box. Good complete 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 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. The pin back metal badge shows crossed swords and an anchor with an imperial army star. The badge measures 2.8 cm tall by 1.8 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 Russo War 47mm Round A Russo-Japanese war Japanese 47 x 131mm naval round. The Japanese navy adopted the Hotchkiss QF cannon in the 1880’s and were known as Yamanouchi guns, they were largely identical to their British equivalents. During the Russo-Japanese War, ships of both sides were armed with Hotchkiss guns. The Japanese found them to be ineffective and removed them after the war. This example was manufactured by the Elswick Ordnance Company as indicated with the ‘EOC’ headstamp on the shell, and was sold to the Japanese navy. The Japanese naval anchor stamp is visible on the brass rings on the projectile along with Japanese kanji on the base. The 2 piece example measures 23.5 cm tall and weighs 1.3 kgs. Nice example. *****UK POSTAGE ONLY*****
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 Navy SNLF Graduation Book 1938 A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Landing Forces (SNLF) graduation book. The black covered hardback book is dated for 1938 and is from the Kure 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 29 cm wide and 19 cm tall with a depth of 2 cm.
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 Pilot Figure A very well cast bronze figure of an Imperial Japanese pilot. The bronze figure is mounted on a white marble base. The front of the base has a plaque with a verse from the military song ‘Doki no Sakura’ (synchronised cherry blossoms). Doki no Sakura compares cherry blossoms with the destiny of soldiers who graduated from a military academy during the war. The song has references to the story of two kamikaze pilots. In the song, although a pilot dies his bond with another surviving pilot remains strong. Before their missions, kamikaze pilots would sing ‘Doki no Sakura’ together. The figure measures 24 cm tall.
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 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 Russo War Sake Cup Set A very nice early set of 3 Imperial Japanese Russo war (1904 - 1905) sake cups. The set comes in its original wooden box complete with shop label. The finely turned wood and red lacquer cups show a gold painted navy anchor with the imperial army star. The Sakazuki shaped cups celebrate victory for a soldier from Yokohama, Japan. The wooden box has its original shop label from a shop called ‘Kuroeya’ in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. The cups have diameters of 10.6 cm, 9.5 cm and 8.4 cm. A very nice complete set with original box.
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.
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. 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 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 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 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. Good 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.
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 Samurai Kabuto Helmet On Pillow A very nice vintage Japanese samurai ’Kabuto’ or helmet ornament on pillow. These helmets were made in a variety of sizes from miniature to full size to celebrate the annual ‘Boys Day’ in Japan on the 5th May. The heavy blackened metal helmet has a brass kuwagata at the front along with silk string ties. The Kabuto sits on a gold and red silk pillow with paulownia leaf decorations and green corner ties. The helmet measures 9” across and 7” tall and weighs 1.2 kgs. The pillow measures 9” wide by 7” deep and just under 2” tall. A good example and superb display piece.
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.
Korean War RAF Thermos Flask 1951 An RAF Korean War thermos flask dated for 1951. The black crinkle effect flask is complete with its original cork stopper. The base of the flask is stamped with a broad arrow and dated ‘1951’. The flask is in good condition with the majority of the instruction sticker still present. The glass interior is in good condition with no cracks or damage. These are almost exactly the same as the WW2 RAF flasks with only a couple of minor differences. The flask stands at 25 cm tall and has a diameter of 12 cm.
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.
Pair Of Imperial Japanese Russo War Commemorative Trays A pair of Imperial Japanese Army Russo war commemorative pin trays. The pair of copper trays are identical and show the crossed Japanese national and war flags alongside the imperial army star. The kanji reads ‘Leaving Military Service Commemoration’. The trays both have fantastic detailing and a nice patination. Each tray measures 11 cm wide by 8 cm tall.
Pair WW2 Japanese Parade Flags A pair of WW2 Japanese paper and bamboo parade flags. The rice paper flags are the Japanese national emblem (Hinomaru), white with a red ink centre circle. Each flag is attached to a piece of bamboo. The naively made flags are complete and show considerable age with foxing and signs of storage but are complete and without damage. The paper flags each measure 27 cm across by 20 cm tall. The bamboo sticks measure 53 cm each. A nice surviving pair.
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 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.
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 1977 British Military Martindale No2 Golok A vintage 1977 dated British military No2 Golok or machete by ‘Martindale of Birmingham’. The Golok was the standard British forces tool for jungle warfare and training. The vintage Golok is marked ‘Martindale, Birmingham, Made In England’ along with its etched crocodile ‘Registered’ logo. The other side of the blade is marked with a broad arrow and the date 1977 with a stores ref: 20 / 9242. The Golok comes with its original sheath which is leather covered. The Golok handle is also leather wrapped and has a good solid lanyard. The leather and stitching is of good quality. The item shows age but still holds a keen edge and is very usable today. Overall length 47 cm and blade length 33 cm. Sheathed weight 740 grams. OVER 18'S ONLY *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
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 British Army Map Valenciennes 1916 A WW1 British 1916 dated map of Valenciennes, on the French / Belgium border. The 1 / 100000 scale linen backed map is shows Valenciennes and the surrounding areas. The front cover reads ‘Valenciennes 12, Belgium, 2nd Edition’. Interestingly the back of the map has been inscribed ‘111 Heavy Battery, Mons Front 11/11/18’. When unfolded the map also shows the position, marked in pencil, of the 111th Heavy Battery during the battle which was near ‘La Bertiere’. Good condition with no damage.
WW1 British Army Map Ypres 1915 A very nice original WW1 British 1915 dated map of Ypres, Belgium. The 1 / 40000 scale linen backed map is shows Ypres and Menin. The front cover reads ‘Belgium and France, B series, Sheet 28’. Good condition with no damage.
WW1 Field Service Regulations Book 1914 A WW1 1914 dated leatherette bound officers Field Service Regulations book. The book was was originally produced in 1909 with this 1914 amendment updated for the outbreak of WW1. The book is complete and in good condition condition with no damage of missing pages. 13.3 cm tall by 10.5 cm wide. A good solid example.
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 Lamp Electric No1 A WW2 British military Lamp Electric No1. The khaki painted lamp is marked ‘Lamp Electric No1’ with the military board arrow and the makers name barely visible ‘E R Co Ltd’. The lamps functioning hood and carry handle are present along with the on off knob. No bulb or battery. The lamp is in good condition with no damage.
WW2 British Brodie Helmet 1940 A WW2 British Brodie helmet stamped ‘J.S.S.’ 1940 for Joseph Sankey & Sons of Staffordshire, England. The helmet is complete with liner along with its original Mk2 elasticated chinstrap. The helmet has some pitting and scratches but is sound and without holes. A good salty example.
WW2 Era Imperial Japanese Navy Ship Maya Postcard An original Japanese wartime postcard showing the Imperial Navy ship ‘Maya’. The Maya was one of 4 Takao-class heavy cruisers, these were the largest and most modern cruisers in the Japanese fleet. The Maya was torpedoed and sunk by USS Dace on the 23rd October 1944. The postcard measures 14 cm wide by 9 cm tall. Nice original item.
WW2 Imperial Japanese 3 Place Medal Ribbon Bar A very nice WW2 Imperial Japanese 3 place medal ribbon bar. The bar has ribbons for (right to left): Red Cross Medal China Incident Medal (1939) Order of The Rising Sun Original item in good condition. 11 cm long by 1 cm tall.
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 ID Book A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army late war Identification book or ‘Guntai Techo’. The book is in good condition and is named to a Private ‘Shigemi Ozawa’. Pte Ozawa was born August 1908 in the Shizuoka prefecture. Interestingly this very late war example has no further information or entries other than an army censorship stamp dated 1944. This puts Pte Ozawa at 36 years of age and he was most likely conscripted in the final stages of the war and sent straight to the front. The green coloured canvas covered book has no damage and measures 12.4 cm tall by 8.6 cm wide.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Lieutenant 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 2 stars signifying the rank of Lieutenant. 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 complete set with original case.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Mail Card Group A WW2 Japanese army mail card group. The group of 3 mail cards were sent by a soldier named ‘Osamu Futai’ stationed in the Philippines back to family members ‘Masue (mother) and Ryuji (brother) Futai’ in Kyoto city, Japan. The first card, dated 26th January 1944, reads: I'm sorry for the letter after a long absence. I'm fine so don't worry about me. I will definitely do my best for the country. I pray for everyone's health. Goodbye. The second card, dated 20th March 1944, Osamu asks after his father and states his sadness at how how he missed him seeing him off at the station before leaving for the war. The last card, undated, Osamu writes that he hopes his mother is looking and feeling well. And expresses his surprise at his brother (Ryuji) being drafted into the army. The cards have the Imperial Army star on the front along with ‘Army Internal Affairs Department’ printed in red. Each card measures 14 cm tall by 9 cm wide. A very nice and uncommon group.
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 backpack. Interestingly this example was originally named to a ‘Matsumoto’, which has been scratched over and a different name of ‘Niijima’ has been written. This has presumably been reissued later in the war. Some of the original khaki paint is visible on the lid and sides while the rest of the body is blackened from field use. The set is dated for ‘Showa 17’ (1942). 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. The front of the rice cooker has a metal loop for attaching to the army backpack. This example is named to a soldier named ‘Ishizuka’. Some of the original khaki paint is present with the sides and the base blackened from field use. The set is dated for ‘Showa 17’ (1942). A good complete example in good condition with no holes.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Sword Tassel A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Officers Gunto sword tassel. The brown and blue tassel is for a company grade officer from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain. Nice original example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Pilots Badge A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army pilots cloth badge. The badge was introduced in 1943 and was worn by both pilots and crew. The badge is a silver wing and propeller on a blue background with a gold wreath. The centre star is metal. The badge measures 8.3 cm wide by 2.3 cm tall. Good original example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Army Raincoat A WW2 Imperial Japanese Army enlisted mans / NCO’s raincoat. The raincoat has its original wooden button fixed hood along with all front closure buttons. The coat is date stamped for Showa 19 or 1944 and was manufactured in Tokyo. A good example with no holes or rips.
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 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. A very 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. 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 Naval Association Door Badge A WW2 Imperial Japanese Naval Association members door badge or plaque. This type or badge was hung outside of a members home. The wooden badge measures 15.2 cm tall by 5.4 cm wide. An uncommon example.
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 22.5 cm. 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 3rd Class A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy 1941 skill at arms 3rd 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 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 3rd class award stands at 17.8 cm. Very good condition with no damage.
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 Documents A pair of WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy documents in original card tube. The documents are named to a Mr and Mrs ‘Takakura’. The larger of the documents is a letter of thanks from the Imperial Navy for Mr Sakugoro Takakura’s donation of money for the war effort, and is dated 2nd June 1943. As a donation maker for the war effort he was awarded the Navy Association badge. Interestingly, the smaller second document is a letter to Mrs Ganzo Takakura from the Japanese government acknowledging the families sacrifice of the three sons into the military during the war. Both documents are in the original light blue card protective tube. The tube measures 42 cm long with a diameter of 5.5 cm. An unusual and interesting piece of Japanese wartime social history. (BAYONETS NOT INCLUDED)
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 Landing Forces Water Bottle A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy water bottle. The bottle is complete with its original canvas string tied cover and carry strap. The aluminium screw cap lid along with chain are both present. The lid still retains most of its original paint. The front of the canteen is numbered ‘157’ in kanji, presumably part of the sailors number. A nice example in good condition.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Officers Summer Uniform A WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy officers summer uniform. The uniform consists of a white tunic and trousers. The uniform belonged to a Sub Lieutenant as indicated by the 2 cherry blossoms on the shoulder boards. The uniform was manufactured by ‘Cho Jiya M. Koyagi’ and the tunic is complete with golden coloured IJN buttons and vented armpits. The trousers are complete with all the original buttons and fixings. Both the the tunic and trousers are named. A very nice set in good condition with no holes or damage.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Officers Tropical Sun Helmet A WW2 Imperial Japanese navy officers tropical sun / pith helmet. The tan khaki covered cork helmet has an early IJN copper badge on its front. Either side of the helmet are 2 ventilation holes along with the top ventilation cap. The helmet has its original liner / sweatband and the manufacturers mark ‘Taico Quality’ made in Japan. The inside of the helmet has another mark which reads ‘Tropical Helmet’ and a size 7. No chinstrap. A good untouched example.
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 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 Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 7th Class A WW2 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. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing. Complete in its original box. Good wartime example.
WW2 Imperial Japanese Order Of The Sacred Treasure Medal 8th Class A WW2 Imperial 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. The medal has the traditional Japanese hook and eye fixing and is complete in its original black lacquer presentation box. A 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 Type 30 Arisaka Bayonet A WW2 Japanese Type 30 Arisaka bayonet. This battle damaged example is complete with scabbard. The ricasso of the blade has the Tokyo arsenal mark and the blade is in good condition with some black marks.This an earlier WW2 example with a hooked quillon. The wooden grips are quite damaged through wear and what appears to be impacts, the pommel has a fully working press release catch. The metal scabbard retains most of its original paint and has some dents which do not affect the drawing or sheathing of the bayonet. Apart from the wooden grips the bayonet is in good solid condition. *****UK POSTAGE ONLY*****
WW2 Imperial Japanese Type 30 Arisaka Bayonet A WW2 Japanese Type 30 Arisaka bayonet. The bayonet is complete with scabbard. The ricasso of the blade has the Tokyo arsenal mark and the blued blade is without damage with some black marks and pitting. This an earlier WW2 example with a hooked quillon. The wooden grips are complete with some age related marks and the pommel has a fully working press release catch. The pommel is stamped with the serial number ‘81826’. The metal scabbard retains most of its original paint with some light rusting and no dents. A solid earlier example. *****UK POSTAGE ONLY*****
WW2 Japanese 1000 Stitch Belt A WW2 Japanese soldiers silk 1000 stitch belt or ‘Senninbari’. The 1000 stitch belt was a Japanese good luck item worn 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 red stitches. This is seen as a very lucky colour combination in Japan. The Senninbari was made by females, traditionally by a man's mother, sister, or wife if married. This silk example has the stitching form the kanji to read ‘Buun Chokyu’ or Good luck in battle. The back of the belt has a stitched pocket with a button closure for prayers and a talisman. The pocket also shows a temple stamp. The belt is in very nice condition and measures 105 cm long (not including the ties) with a height of 16 cm. A very good silk 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 2600th Year Medal 1940 An Imperial 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. A good clean example.
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 Pocket Rank A WW2 Japanese army pocket rank or pocket insignia. It was common for Japanese soldiers to not wear any rank insignia during combat and these were popular compared to the standard collar tabs. This field made example is for a superior private, as indicated by the 3 stars on a red background. The collar rank has been stitched onto a brown wool tab along with a stitch reinforced button hole. The piece measures 6.9 cm tall and 5.8 cm wide.
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 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 1946. 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, box and paper wrap. The paper wrap reads: ‘China Incident, Dispatch Medal, Japan Mint’. 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. 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. 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. 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 1946. 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, box and paper wrap. The paper wrap reads: ‘China Incident, Dispatch Medal, Japan Mint’. 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 1946. 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, box and paper wrap. The paper wrap reads: ‘China Incident, Dispatch Medal, Japan Mint’. Nice complete example.
WW2 Japanese Civil Defence Air Raid Hood A WW2 Japanese Boku Zukin or civil defence / air raid hood. The Boku Zukin dates back to the time of the samurai to protect the head and neck. They were used in the later stages of WW2 in a civil defence role to protect the public from falling objects and debris along with heat from the American bombings of Japan. Made from thick indigo cotton and a thicker internal wadding, the hood is secured with a tie around the neck. The hood protects the both the head and shoulders. This example has been made with patriotic red rising sun rays on the hoods inside. Very nice original item. Good condition.
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 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 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 nice complete wartime example.
WW2 Japanese Golden Kite Medal 7th Class A 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. Some loss of gilt to the eagle. 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 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 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 Large Hinomaru Flag A very good larger sized wartime Imperial Japanese Hinomaru flag. The silk flag shows a printed red disk on a white background. The hoist end of the flag still has both of the triangular leather corner reinforcements and ties. On one of the leather reinforcements is a government acceptance label. The flag is in good condition with no holes and only age related browning. It is crumpled due to previous storage but will straighten out with being hung. The flag measures nearly 5 feet (146 cm) long by over 3 feet (100 cm) tall. A superb larger sized wartime display piece.
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 Medal Group A WW2 Japanese medal group on bar of 5 awards. The medal bar consists of, from right to left: Red Cross Medal 2600 Medal China Incident Medal Sacred Treasure 8th Class Rising Sun 8th Class Both the Sacred Treasure and Rising sun medals are solid silver. A very nice original group.
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 Naval Landing Forces Notebook A WW2 Japanese Rikusentai or Naval landing forces soldiers notebook. The small hand written book is leather bound and reads ‘Memorandum’ in English on the front cover. The book has been used in the traditional Japanese way of being written in downward sentences using the book in a horizontal manner. The book is half filled with text and small hand drawn diagrams. The diagrams show order of battle, road junctions, map symbols and strategic information for the Naval ground forces. The book likely belonged to an NCO. The book is in good used condition with no damage and all pages intact. The measurements are 12 cm tall by 7.5 cm wide. A very uncommon item.
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 7th Class A WW2 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 and is complete with its original black lacquered presentation box. A very nice 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 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 Senninbari 1000 Stitch Belt A WW2 Japanese soldiers 1000 stitch belt or ‘Senninbari’. The 1000 stitch belt was a Japanese good luck item worn 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 red stitches. This is seen as a very lucky colour combination in Japan. The Senninbari was made by females, traditionally by a man's mother, sister, or wife if married. This example has the stitching on the inside length of the belt. When unfolded the stitches form the kanji: Tamoten Hakusan Ookami Imari Ookami These are all traditional Japanese guardian deities. The belt is in very nice condition and measures 93 cm (not including the ties) with a height of 9.5 cm. A very good example.
WW2 Japanese Tankers / Cavalry Boots A pair of WW2 Japanese leather Tankers / Cavalry boots. These are the lesser seen half boots for enlisted men and NCO’s. The boots are in good condition with the spur notches at the heels and are dated for 1941 (Showa 16). The soles of the boots retain both horseshoe shaped heel plates and hobnails. The top of the inside of each boot is named to a soldier ‘Wada’. The boots stand at 29 cm tall. Nice examples.
WW2 Japanese Telescopic Parade Flag A WW2 Japanese telescopic parade flag. The flag stick is a 3 piece telescopic example in gold and black painted metal. The top of the stick has a gold painted ball finial. The flag itself is silk and shows the national Hinomaru red circle on a white background. The flag is in good condition with no holes or tears and only light age related browning. The corners of the flag at the hoist end are both reinforced with gold painted card. When fully extended the flag stick measures 35 cm and when closed 14 cm. The silk flag measures 30 cm long by 20 cm tall. Nice example.
WW2 Japanese Telescopic Parade Flag A fantastic WW2 Japanese telescopic parade flag. The flag comes in its original silk bag. The flag stick is a 3 piece telescopic example in black and white celluloid. The top of the stick has a gold painted ball finial. The flag itself is silk and shows the national Hinomaru red circle on a white background. The corners of the flag at the hoist end are both reinforced with silver card. When fully extended the flag stick measures 36 cm and when closed 13 cm. The silk flag measures 30 cm long by 22 cm tall. The silk bag is white in colour and reads ‘Yachiyo National Flag’. Couple of small holes to the bags rear. The bag measures 15 cm long by 4 cm wide. A good used example.
WW2 Japanese Tiger Senninbari 1000 Stitch Belt A fantastic WW2 Japanese soldiers 1000 stitch belt or ‘Senninbari’. The 1000 stitch belt was a Japanese good luck item worn 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 red stitches. This is seen as a very lucky colour combination in Japan. The Senninbari was made by females, traditionally by a man's mother, sister, or wife if married. This very fine silk example shows a tiger created from the stitches between the Japanese war and national flags. The flag reads ‘Battle Luck, Long Lasting’. The Senninbari measures 82 cm long by 34 cm tall and is in good condition. A superb example.
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 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 Seymour An original WW2 American .45 Thompson sub machine gun 30 round magazine. Manufactured by ‘Seymour’. The magazine is stamped: ‘THE SEYMOUR PRODUCTS CO. SEYMOUR CONN.’ Fantastic original example. *****UK SHIPPING ONLY*****
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*****