The Order of the Sacred Treasure ("Zuihosho"), established in January of 1888, was awarded to either military or civilian personnel for long and distinguished service. It came in eight classes, of which only the lowest two could be given to enlisted personnel. It is the lowest ranked of the three main Japanese Orders. The once gold plated silver medal is in the form of a cross, with each arm comprised of five, white enameled rays. To the center of the cross is a raised, silver "mirror" against a dark blue enameled background, encircled by a raised, golden ring with beading trimming the inside of the ring. Decorating the outside are sixteen red jewels forming a stylized necklace. These are the "sacred treasures" from which the award takes its name: the "Yata" mirror, representing purity and wisdom, and the "Yasakani" jewels, which represent benevolence, obedience and affection. To the reverse, a small rivet may be seen to each arm, and stamped to the center are the four kanji characters for "Order of Merit Decoration." A ring is to the top of the uppermost arm of the cross, through which passes the ribbon’s suspension loop. Complete with original ribbon. The medal and ribbon are nested into corresponding depressions to the purple silk and velvet covered interior base of its original presentation case, whose interior lid is also lined in padded, purple silk. The black lacquered wooden case has a column of gold painted kanji characters to the cover with the second character down from the top being the number "3". " A pebbled, hinged alloy closure device and corresponding stud is to its forward edge, and a wide alloy hinge is along its rear edge.

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