Case Examination:
5th & 7th Class Golden Kite
Bottom interior with fitted shelf down
Bottom interior with fitted shelf raised
Top interior
Front with latch
Back hinge
Side view. Slightly raised in the center.
Here is a 7th Class Order of the I
believe it is a Meiji-era case.

The gold gilt inscription is written
in classical-style kanji and is fairly
difficult to read.

'7th Class Golden Kite badge.'
The first three indicate the class
(Number 7 Class), the next two
the Order, and the last reads
'badge' or medal of course.
The latch is similar to that on
cases for other orders. It is
shaped like a traditional
Japanese shield (inverted) and
has a pebbled background.
Here is a 5th Class Order of the Golden Kite lacquered wood case. I believe this, too, is a Meiji-era case.

The gold gilt inscription is written in classical-style kanji and is fairly difficult to read.

'5th Class Golden Kite badge.' The first three indicate the class (Number 5 Class), the next two the Order,
and the last reads 'badge' or medal of course.