Search Type: And Or
Maker:   Place:   Material/Technique:  

Object Number:   Date Start:   BC AD   Date End:   BC AD

Enable Artists names look-up      Enable related terms look-up 
  Show results from People DB   Show results from Collection DB

 

  

Maker(s) &
Production:

Japan, state, struck in the rule of, uncertain

Production
Note:

Possibly a French replica struck in 1920 for collectors.

Collection:

Lester Watson Collection

Category:

medal

Name(s):

Allied Victory Medal, 1914-18; denomination
contemporary copy; authenticity
medals; Series
Military; subseries
Japan; subsubseries

Date:

1919 1920

Description:

When the Great War of 1914-1918 had ended, there was a genuine feeling among the victorious Allies that their military efforts had been instrumental in preserving modern civilization, and this and the united spirit of the Alliance were commemorated in a combined issue of medals to those who had seen active service during the conflict. 13 nations in all issued a variety of this medal; all shared the rainbow ribbon and suspension.
The Japanese issue of the medal, of which this is probably a French copy made for collectors in 1920, was different from all the others in that it did not feature a type of the goddess Victory as its obverse emblem; this symbol, meaningless to Japanese culture, was replaced with an archetypal ancient warrior, barefoot and brandishing a quarterstaff.
This medal is unnamed, which is probably to be explained by its being only an imitation rather than a genuine award. Lester Watson purchased it from the London dealers Baldwin at some point before 1928.
The Museum must thank Mr Sawyer Rank for his information on this medal.

Technique:

struck

Material:

bronze

Dimension(s):

weight, 20.82, g
diameter, 36.6, mm

Acquisition:

loan; 2005; Cambridge in America

Provenance:

Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin before 1928

Inscription(s):

design; obverse; Warrior facing viewer holding staff athwarts
design; reverse; Five flags bearing pictograms around globe, all in border

Alternative
Number(s):

Watson Catalogue; M
ordering; M-0352
previous object number; LW.0352

Documentation:

Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 508-511

British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Victory Medal 1914-1919 (Japan)

Accession:

Object Number: CM.1469-2009
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141563; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2014-01-06)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/141563



Click image for a full size display