Medals and Badges of
Miyagawa
After finding the following two-page advertisement (dated 1905), I can identify some of the badges made by an early badge
maker named Miyagawa. Although I have found only one actual badge that is documented in the ad, I am sure now that I
know the designs, more will appear. Here are some of the close-ups to help you ID any badges that may be in your
collection. Note that the nearby inscriptions denote the size of the badge, not a description of the design. So there are
some duplicates--small and large badges of the same design.
As you can see, this factory also made sake
cups. The top insignia are not badges
produced; they are the maker's insignia.
Note the kanji for Miyagawa in the center.
The writing at the top reads 'War Service Commemorative, Current Stock.'

At the right is information about the factory. Basically, it says 'We make
badges, pins, hat badges, watch accessories, sake cups, and other metal
decorative items.'

Also: 'Used by the Imperial Household. Miyagawa Badge Factory.'

The contact information: 'Main Office, Tokyo City, Kanda Ward, Izumi Town.'
'Factory, Tokyo City, Honjo Ward, Minami Futaba Town.'
And the telephone numbers.
SMALL PINS (top row)
All these pins came with a kiri wood box, as specified above the drawings.
SMALL BADGES (middle row)
All these pins came with a pin attachment and a kiri wood box, as specified above the drawings.
The first four badges are also noted as being sterling silver.
LARGER BADGES (bottom row)
All these pins came with a pin attachment and a kiri wood box, as specified above the drawings.
All are also noted as being sterling silver.
Victorious Return Badge for veterans of the 1904-5 Russia War.
Awarded by the
Budoku-kai in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The bottom piece is sterling silver, but the top is a cheaper piece of
perhaps tin. You can see that this top is the same as on the Miyagawa
emblem (see top of page). This is the pin attachment mentioned
above.


Original cardboard case.
REVERSE OF PAGE ONE
TOP ROW
Some came with a kiri wood box and a pin suspension. Some with just the latter.
SECOND ROW FROM TOP
Some came with a kiri wood box and a pin suspension. Some with just the latter.
THIRD ROW FROM TOP
Some came with a kiri wood box and a pin suspension. Some with just the latter.
BOTTOM ROW
Some came with a kiri wood box and a pin suspension. Some with just the latter.
Rosettes
PAGE TWO
TOP ROW
MIDDLE ROW
BOTTOM ROW

The right half is basically a price list of all the badges
shown. The left half shows shipping charges and
payment information.

A date (Meiji 38 [1905] April) is at the upper right.