Offered for sale is this Japanese Infantry Sergeant's tunic jacket from the early 20th century, with a Japanese 6th Place Medal Bar, breast badge, and a gold, ornately framed, personal photographs of the soldier in his uniform.
The jacket is a single-breasted tunic with five button holes and four buttons, one being missing. The tunic is khaki-green or ochre-colored wool and is lined. It has two buttoned breast pockets, a high collar with red swallow tailed decorations on either side of the collar and red cloth vertical bars at each shoulder, measuring 3.5" in length by .5" in width with a gold stripe and two gold metal stars on each vertical bar. The tunic measures 18" across the chest or 36" around, 27" from the top of the shoulder to the hem line, 22" on the outside, from shoulder seam to its cuff line, and 17" across the back of the shoulders from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. The tunic is in very good antique condition, consistent with its age and usage.
The Japanese Sixth Place Medal bar, located above the left breast pocket includes six commemorative war/campaign medals spanning a period of thirty-five years, from 1904-1939. From left to right, the first medal is called The Order of the Sacred Treasures, 8th Class, which had been established in 1888 and awarded to military personnel for long service with good conduct. The second medal is called The Order of the Rising Sun, 8th Class, with red and white ribbon. The third medal, with vertical bands of blue and turquoise ribbon is a Russo-Japanese War medal dating from 1904-1905. The fourth medal with navy and white vertical stripes is a 1914-1920 War medal. The fifth medal with vertical stripes of blue, turquoise, white and red is a Japanese WWI Victory medal, and the sixth medal with turquoise and red stripes with a turquoise button, pre-WWII, is a Red Cross Special Membership medal dating to 1939. The breast badge over the right pocket is a Veteran Association Badge. This Sixth Place Medal Bar spans the military career of this Japanese Sergeant's life from 1904-1939.
The previous owner of the decorated tunic and the personal framed photographs had purchased these items in Kyoto, Japan in 1988. These items would be appropriate for any uniform collector, war memorabilia collector, a museum, or perhaps a costumer for theater or films.
Japanese Infantry Sergeant's Tunic, Early 20th Century, with a Japanese 6th Place Medal Bar, Breast Badge, and Personal Framed Photographs