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  1. Hi Leo- The 2 black, ink-pressed stamps inside the cap are sometimes referred to as, "ko" and "otsu". The words literally mean something like: "Part A" or "Part B". Mike
  2. Leo- Happy to help. The 2 white kanji on the outside of the cap are for the last name of the owner. The top 2 characters on the stamps inside the cap are for the same name...... Best, Michael
  3. This appears to be a later-war all cloth, Type-3 navy combat cap. There are no side buttons, the chin strap has been sewn to the side of the cap body, the chin strap slides are made from cloth rather than metal and the holes for the size adjustment string are probably hand stitched/reinforced. Some late war caps had their size adjustment holes machine reinforced and some still had metal grommets applied, although this was not the norm. These are all hallmarks of a later war cap. Along with that, you mention the bill of the cap lacks stitching. Again, these are all hallmarks of caps that w
  4. Hello Bob- I hope that your summer has been a good one....in spite of the covid shutdown. The anticipated release of the book was sometime this summer. I received the galley copy for editing in early June. I returned it to the publisher about a week or so later. My guess is that the numerous red line corrections and edits have now slowed the process again. I have received no word as far as a release date, so have been telling everyone that we will see it when we see it. Based upon the galley copy, the final book will be quite good, with many colorful and well research
  5. Hi There- If you take your upper first image and rotate it clockwise one quarter, the flag will be in the proper position. The large slogan written horizontally across the top says, Ki Buun Chokyu or I pray your military fortunes are long lasting. There are other slogans on the flag including one four character slogan that mentions, Certain Victory! I don't see that the flag was presented to anyone as I cannot see the character that identifies the owner. Mike
  6. Thank you for your reply. Yes, the belts were more typical of the senninbari normally seen. In fact, pretty much any article that had the 1000 knots, or stitches placed on it was a senninbari. I have seen senninbari caps, senninbari service hat covers, senninbari sashes, senninbari belts, senninbari vests, senninbari flags, etc. That pretty much gives you the range. I have even seen an officer's sword belt that had a tiger stitched on it as a senninbari. They are all quite unique and one of the reasons why I enjoy collecting them. Mike
  7. Nice looking cup! I like the colorful red and white battle flag matched with the gold leaf. Mike
  8. Yep, that is what I remembered too. If memory serves me, the boxes that you mentioned were just kept in metal wall lockers. There did not appear to be any kind of conservation going on. Mike
  9. Bob- I forgot that you were shadowed in Part Two of NHK"s "documentary". I recall seeing that segment of the special when they visited the Public Health office. I remember too that the jist of the conversation was that they had no way of returning the flags to the family members because in most instances, there just wasn't enough information on the flag to source a relative. I also noted, that no special climate control appeared to be in use and no proper acid free boxes, or paper were evident to separate the items. Nothing was properly framed, or preserved with acid free backer
  10. It is difficult to place a value of any kind on this flag as the photograph only shows half of it. There is no way of telling the condition on the other half, or what might be written there, so no reasonable value could be determined. Returning flags to Japan is an interesting proposal as many examples that end up in the hands of U.S. collectors today are actually coming from sellers in Japan. The perception of this is a bit of an oxymoron. Some Japanese members in government have attempted to pass legislation to ban the sale of good luck flags, etc. on public auction sites in Japan i
  11. Awesome translation job on this badge Eric! I have never seen this style of kendo badge (with star). It's interesting to note too that there appears to be remnants of brown paint on both the front and back of the badge. The standard army kendo version with hinged pin, has the same color of paint on it as well. Similarly, the submarine qualification badge and others, utilize the same brown paint in places as well. Mike
  12. Hey, I totally understand about trying to lift the liner pad. I have seen the leather tear sometimes when an owner tries to lift that, in search of the Showa date stamp. In any case, a very nice looking Type-90 helmet. Thanks for posting. Mike
  13. Nice looking helmet with what appears to be uncut tie strings. It looks as though the painted kanji characters for the name have been removed and I don't see the painted size character (Large or Small) that is normally found on the rear flange. Can you see the size there anywhere? Were you able to lift the front liner pad in order to read the Showa date? Thanks for posting. Mike
  14. HI Dirk- That's an interesting story. I'm not sure that you would be able to find too many other people with those kind of credentials, to mount your flag. Again, nice job and thank you for sharing it with us. Mike
  15. Dirk- Sorry to take so long to reply; I have been laid up the last week-plus. This is a really nice looking, very typical good luck flag. It sounds as though the conservator did the mounting work, just as it should have been done. Sometimes sewing the silk to a stronger backing is necessary, in order to preserve long-term, the integrity of the silk flag. It is a process that has been done for a long time and while it sounds a bit counter-intuitive, is the standard of preservation in some instances. This is another reason to be thankful for private collectors and for their best e
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