Medal Rosettes
略章
The various orders all came with button or bow rosettes. I am not sure what the difference is, but it
may have to do with the date of production. I'll have to confirm that. These button rosettes were worn
in the slot on a lapel of a coat. You can see by the pictures that the different classes have different
styles.

The Red Cross medals also have rosettes.

Note that the commemorative and war medals had ribbon bars in lieu of rosettes.
The Merit Medals had pin bow rosettes, not the button style. I have also seen some Merit Medal
ribbon bars.

Here are a few. I don't have a complete set, so if anyone can fill in the gaps, I'd really appreciate it.

You will see some button rosettes that combine the colors of two or three awards.
These are authentic. It would be a bit unwieldy to have three different rosettes, so the combination
rosette was made. I am not sure how the different classes are expressed, though. These
combination rosettes are official, but they had to be specially ordered and the individual paid for them.
The Order of the Rising Sun
4th Class
5th Class
7th Class
8th Class
4th Class
5th Class
7th Class
8th Class
The Order of the Sacred Treasure
1st Class
15 folds; gold boards
The Order of the Golden Kite
3rd Class: 8 folds; silver boards
2nd Class
10 folds; gold & silver boards
6th Class
3rd Class
8 folds; silver boards
1st Class
15 folds; gold boards
4th Class
5th Class
7th Class
8th Class
6th Class
The Golden Kite
has no 8th Class
2nd Class
10 folds; gold & silver boards
3rd Class
8 folds; silver boards
2nd Class: 10 folds; gold & silver boards
1st Class: 15 folds; gold boards
6th Class
6th Class (above) and 5th Class (below).
Note the variations in the thickness and
color of the rays on various rosettes.
Women's 8th Class Sacred Treasure rosette.
This came with an old 5th Class
Sacred Treasure medal, probably
Meiji era.
Mixed. 3rd Class Sacred Treasure & 5th Class Rising Sun.
A boxed rosette with two colors. The yellow half is probably the Sacred
Treasure medal, and since there are four folds, this might be for the
3rd
Class medal (which has 8 folds on a full rosette). The box is marked '3.'

The blue half I am not sure about. Most likely a foreign order.
Mixed. Sacred Treasure, Golden Kite, & Rising Sun.
unknown
Blended rosette for a 4th Class Sacred Treasure and a 5th
Class Rising Sun.
3 different styles over the years. The first
orders came with the bow, and later the lapel
rosette that slipped in the buttonhole. Current
medals come with a pin back.
Women's orders came with a simple pin back rosette.
6th Class
with thin rays
4th Class
5th Class
The Order of the Sacred Crown
2nd Class
10 folds; gold & silver boards
6th Class
3rd Class
8 folds; silver boards
1st Class
15 folds; gold boards
7th Class
8th Class
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The Order of the Auspicious Clouds
(Manchukuo)
5th Class
6th Class
8th Class
6th Class with thin rays
The Order of the Pillars of State
(Manchukuo)
5th Class
6th Class
8th Class
1890-1920 Golden Kite rosettes.
Note the shared rosette designs.
1st Class (top right)
2nd & 3rd Classes (bottom right)
4th & 5th Classes (top left)
6th & 7th Classes (bottom left)
1920 Golden Kite rosette revision.
6th & 7th Classes
lose the bow
rosette and gain a 3-pronged
circular rosette
1936 Golden Kite rosette revision.
A
ll classes have distinctive designs.

The pictures above come from the
Decorations Bureau of Japan.