Hi Artie,

By now you will no doubt have seen that the seller updated his listing. A member over on WAF has commented on your thread there to the effect that it's an authentic 1st class sash badge from the Meiji era.

I remain unconvinced but hasten to add I'm not an expert on these awards. The refusal to accept returns remains another concern to me. Lastly, you commented on comparative value with the top end Kite. The Kite was strictly military issue and ended with the close of the war. It would, in my view, command a far greater price than would the equivalent level award in the Rising Sun series.