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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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Germany

B0005
Selling Price: $835 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
3-D THICK MULTI-LAYERED BULLION HAND-QUILTED 23RD FTR SQ PATCH
6 INCH TALL HEFTY INTRICATE DESIGN 1951 JAPAN MADE ART!
It does not ever get any better than this beauty here. At a great 6 inches tall and 4.95 inches across at the top of the shield/patch - and a pure mint sample that has never been sewn on, it is simply to drool over! One of the best made patches I have ever seen or owned. It is another sample of superb Japanese occupation era handiwork that is never to be surpassed. It is a piece of artwork. Japanese made "quilted" or lattice-style embroidered background, (termed as goban-osae.)

The heft and thickness give a huge raised look and feel to the patch, where even the Fighter plane is 3-D. There is a very unique and nice use of varying thread direction to create the image of jet. All detail is bordered in bullion work for the ultimate in ecstatic appeal. Dated 1951 on the scroll! White cloth backing - original to piece and forever guaranteed as such. Even when they did the base quilted work, nearly every block is identical in size with regard to quilt affect so that this beauty has symmetry, grace, color and appeal.

This one will knock anyone over because of the embroidery which just blows away most other patches. Absolutely one of the best ever!

The fellow I got this from the great, Dan Popa, recalled the person he bought this from had another similar patch which had Neptune or a Viking image on it. It was a sister unit of some sort.

In March of 2013 - I lost an ebay auction for the 1952 identical tour patch - again sold by RAREPATCHMAN - where I got mine from. The 1952 patch was a hair less quality from mine, its colors too tepid and bland - mine are sharp and vibrant and vivid all around. Mine also has a patina look due to the thread colors being of choice silk and true fast in tone. That lesser patch sold at $760.00 exactly in early 2013. Mine, is the best of the two by far.



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