Comparing 2 Cases:
7th Class Rising Sun
Since the manufacturing of the cases was carried out by different companies over the
years, I'd like to try and show similarities and differences between cases for the same
medals but from different periods.

Below are two cases for the 7th Class Order of the Rising Sun.
Note that the size of the box is about the same. The box to the left has two rows of gold kanji while the
other has one row of silver kanji. The left one is probably Meiji-era and the right one belongs to Taisho
or early Showa. To make it easier to understand, one will be called Meiji and the other Taisho.

MEIJI: 1st row: '7th Class.' 2nd row: 'Green Paulonia Leaves Badge.'
TAISHO: '7th Class Green Paulonia Leaves Badge.'
The Meiji case is a bit thinner.
Both latches are in the shape of a traditional
Japanese shield, but the Meiji latch is fatter.
MEIJI
TAISHO
Long view of the sides.
Outside hinges. The Meiji hinge has more
prominent spaces between the pieces.
MEIJI
TAISHO
Inside hinges. Same basic construction.
MEIJI
TAISHO
Inside lids. No noticeable differences.
MEIJI
TAISHO
Inside bottom. The cut-out is about the same, but
the Taisho box has a narrower gap at the
suspension device area.
MEIJI
TAISHO