Today’s second item is almost the same as the first with a few noted differences. The first difference is that this is a third place medal and is made of pure bronze. The obverse is largely the same as the first place medal with the exception that the top of the character is a Japanese 3 instead of a 1. The reverse also features an inscription, though it’s made of different characters, also encircled by a wreath. This medal is also accompanied by a 10 foot ribbon, only slightly more faded than that of the first place ribbon. What makes this lot more interesting is that the medal is accompanied not only by a similar presentation case, but also by a 300+ page war horse training manual from the same period. The manual is fascinating to inspect, and I’m sure if translated, it would be just as fascinating to read. There are some images in the manual detailing techniques and care. It is truly an interesting piece of history from another time. This medal and book will be featured as lot 60484 in our upcoming 2012 August Hong Kong Sale, also in the Internet Only session.