|JAPANESE-MADE PARADE FLAG IN THE RISING SUN FORMAT, THAT SERVED AS THE WAR FLAG OF THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY FROM 1889-1945, MADE DURING AMERICAN OCCUPATION (1945-1952)
|Frame Size (H x L):||Approx. 17.5" x 9.5"|
|Flag Size (H x L):||4.5" x 7.25" on 12.5" staff|
|Rising Sun parade flag, printed on extremely fine silk, made in Japan for the U.S. market during the period of American occupation, following WWII (September 2nd, 1945 – April 28th, 1952) or immediately thereafter. Bound with machine stitching around the perimeter, the flag was tied with fine linen or hemp twine, at the extreme top and bottom of the hoist end, to its original wooden staff. Made of bamboo or rattan, this is paint-decorated with repeating, black, horizontal stripes, and capped with a small ball finial, made of some sort of composite material and gilded.
Flags like this, along with many things Japanese, were extremely popular with American servicemen and their families, stationed in Japan in the post-war period.
The sun disc was the most popular symbol on flags throughout the orient. Used in Mongolia, China, and Vietnam, as well as Japan, the rising sun variant was first flown by Japanese warlords in the 17th century. Use continued unofficially until 1868, throughout what is known as the Edo period. On May 15th, 1870, it was officially adopted as the war flag. It remained so throughout both WWI (U.S. involvement 1917-1918), until the close of WWII (U.S. involvement 1941-45).
Mounting: The flag was mounted and framed within our own conservation department, which is led by expert staff. We take great care in the mounting and presentation of flags and have preserved thousands of examples.
The black, shadowbox-style molding, with a bowed profile, has a textured surface. To this, a gilded molding, with a scooped profile and pressed decoration, was added as a liner. The flag was stabilized by adhering the reverse to a layer of black organza, by way of an archival adhesive. It was then hand-stitched to a background is 100% cotton twill, black in color, that has been washed and treated for colorfastness. Spacers keep the textile away from the glass, which is U.V. protective.
Condition: There is minor to significant breakdown in the silk fabric and there is significant loss of the gilded surface on the ball finial. Many of my clients prefer early flags to show their age and history of use.
|Collector Level:||Beginners and Holiday Gift Giving|
|Flag Type:||Parade flag|
|Earliest Date of Origin:||1945|
|Latest Date of Origin:||1952|
|War Association:||WW 2|
|Price:||Please call (717) 676-0545 or (717) 502-1281|