Medals and Badges of
Suzuki Umekichi
鈴木梅吉製
him and his medals in my newsletter issue #2.)

The medal matches one in his 1894-5 China War Medals advertisement. It is the sterling silver version.

It says 'Victorious Return Commemorative Medal' on the reverse, along with six lines of text I cannot read. The last two
mention meritorious actions, though.

Original case with the Nihon Teikoku Kishou Shoukai maker's stamp.
Superb design; rare piece of history.
Superb and rare early Military Reservist Association badges. This fantastic piece has a dragonfly above and a cherry
blossom with Army star below. The dragonfly, a traditional symbol of Japan, has a spring in the center that allowed the
wings to move. However, sorry to say, one of the wings has broken off. Those skilled with metals can probably attach it,
The case lid shows the badge design and reads 'Kobe City Commemorative Badge, Military Reservist Association.' The
reverse of the badge reads the same.

I would guess this dates before the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5.
Possible Suzuki manufacture, but I am not sure.

Inscribed 'Great Victory, Banzai to the Emperor, Commemorative Badge.'
Possible Suzuki manufacture, but I am not sure.

Crane and turtle, both symbols of long life and good fortune.
It says '[Enthronement Ceremony?] Commemorative Medal.'
'Miyagi Prefecture Butoku-kai, Meiji 27 [1894].'
'Wakayama Prefecture Butoku-kai Member Badge.'
One of the very early medals from the first private medal/badge maker in Japan, Suzuki Umekichi.
(You can read about him and his medals in my newsletter issue #2.)

The medal with the red ribbon to the right was well-documented as a Suzuki medal, and the design
elements are the same. However, this blue-ribboned medal appears to be sterling silver.

It says 'Meiji 27 [1894] [??] District, Shoubukai' on the reverse.
Bronze table medal, hallmarked on the inside box lid.

Excellent quality. Original case of issue.

Inscribed 'Tokyo, Award.' The case lid says 'Bronze Medal.'

Undated, but it appears to be late Meiji/early Taisho manufacture.
Silver table medal, hallmarked on the inside box lid. This was made by the
first private medal/badge maker in Japan, Suzuki Umekichi. (You can read
about him and his medals in my newsletter issue #2.)

Excellent quality. Original case of issue.

Inscribed 'Tokyo, Award.' The case lid says 'Silver Medal.'

Undated, but it appears to be late Meiji/early Taisho manufacture.

NOTE: This is a silver-colored medal, not sterling silver.
Silver medal, hallmarked on the outside box lid. This was made by the first
private medal/badge maker in Japan, Suzuki Umekichi. (You can read about
him and his medals in my newsletter issue #2.)

Original case of issue--but the case is broken.

Inscribed 'Conquer China Commemorative.'

The reverse reads 'Meiji 28 [1895] Gift to Departing Soldier Shinohara
Kumayoshi. Kitayodai Patriotic Youth Brigade.'

NOTE: This is a silver-colored medal, not sterling silver as far as I can tell.
Shrine medal, hallmarked on the inside case.

Inscribed on the case 'Toyokuni Association, Shrine Visitation Badge, with additional steam train and
steamship discount coupons.' The badge reads 'Toyokuni Association' on one side and 'Shrine Visitation'
on the other.

Within the case are a number of discount tickets for various train and ship companies. All of them were
only good between April and May of Meiji 31, which is 1898. So it is most probable that this badge was
made/issued immediately before that date.
Member badge, hallmarked on the bottom of the case case.

Inscribed on the case '[????] Association, Supporting Member Badge.'

I am sorry but I cannot make out the group name. I will try and see what I can find.
Possible Suzuki manufacture, but I am not sure.

Inscribed 'Meiji 28 [1895], Conquer China Victorious Return Commemorative
Medal.'

Diameter: about 2.5 cm
An old Meiji era badge made by Suzuki, the first major private
badge manufacturer in Japan. This seem to have been given to
those who donated money to the
Heian Shrine.
Possible Suzuki manufacture, but I am not sure.

Inscribed 'Noble Warrior' on obverse. On the reverse ' Kyoto Noble Warrior Association.' Matching
bow rosette. Found in the same box as the item listed below.

Medal diameter: about 2.5 cm.
Inscribed on the reverse ' Kyoto Noble Warrior Association, Special Member Badge.' Found with the
item listed above.
The inscription reads 'Middle School Course, Member Badge.'
Scarce swastika design merit badge with case. The
arms of the swastika are enameled.

The name of the awarding group is the Fukuda-kai.
I am not familiar with this group.
Dai Nippon Sericulture Association 3rd Class Merit Badge.
This is an early badge, probably Meiji era. Beautiful detail and in really nice
condition.
Agricultural Union Central Association Merit Badge.
Appears to be sterling silver, but there is no hallmark.
Gold (1st Class) table medal, hallmarked on the inside box lid. This was
made by the first private medal/badge maker in Japan, Suzuki Umekichi.
(You can read about him and his medals in my newsletter issue #2.)

Excellent quality. Original case of issue.

Inscribed 'Tokyo, Award.' The case lid says 'Gold Medal.'

Undated, but it appears to be late Meiji/early Taisho manufacture.

NOTE: This is a gold-colored medal, not real gold.
Excellent papered set of an early military badge.
First, the case and badge are inscribed '6th Division Victorious
Return Commemorative Badge.' The pink paper is from the  
badge manufacturer that made this piece, Umekichi Suzuki--the
most famous badge craftsman in Meiji Japan.
(See my medal
newsletter for a description of each badge on this sheet.)

You can see the same badge on the sheet. (Note that the reverse
inscription was personalized, so the pink paper shows an
example.)

Also in the case was a paper from the 6th Division Victorious
Return Celebration Association.

The medal is missing the reverse pins.
Bronze award medal made by Umekichi Suzuki.
Inscribed 'Meiji 32 [1899] August.
Hamamatsu/[??].  2nd Annual Tokai Goods Group,
Fifty-Two Association Exhibition.'

The medal measures about 4.5 cm and weighs
about 56 grams.
I think the reverse reads 'Imperial Rescript on Education
Commemorative Medal' at the top. I cannot figure out the
bottom four vertical lines.

The enclosed small insert seems to have nothing to do
with this medal. It is an agricultural award document, but
it is probably an example of what documents Suzuki
could make, i.e., an advertisement.

The medal measures about 3 cm  diameter.
'Dai Nippon Celebration of Victorious Return
Commemorative. Banzai to Army and Navy.'
'Victorious Return Commemorative.'
Suzuki manufacture?
Imperial Sea Disaster Rescue Association Full Member Medal.
Japan Athletic Association Supporting Member Medal.
'Hokkaido Marine Products Competitive Exhibition. Supporting Association.'