Good early example in bronze, maker marked 65 with short length of original ribbon. This was the basic gallantry award for behind the lines action for non-combatant personnel, viz army nurses, clerical staff, etc.
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My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".
Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!
S A, UK, 14.08.2012
Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.