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Japanese "Good Luck" Battle Flag - Signed by Soldiers

Lot Number 781

Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/16/2011 12:00:00 
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Adhering to age-old tradition, Japanese military recruits have long reported for active duty bearing a national flag signed by relatives, friends and co-workers. Carried on or close to the soldier's person throughout wartime, these good luck pieces invariably show the effects of battle. Offered is a Far East military relic. Offered is a genuine “Good Luck” flag measuringe 36x27” and featuring dozens of signatures. A detailed history and relevant information is available on our website.

This World War II relic displays the earmarks of a high ranking military man as each signature is neatly placed symmetrically around the Rising Sun. Accented at the center by a 16-1/2”-diameter “Hinomaru” (which literally translates to “Sun Circle”), the banner appears to be comprised entirely of silk and has threaded edges. While this design was not officially adopted nationally until 1999, variations thereof were signed and carried into conflict by warring states as early as the 15th century. As is customary, the soldier's name is boldly inscribed in vertical fashion at the far right of this particular artifact. Additional names have been inscribed throughout and remain legible (to those who recognize Japanese characters) despite ink migration in a few instances. The flag itself conveys the proud battle tradition, with folds, wrinkles and stains consistent with excessive transporting.

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