Ext Rare WWII Chinese Order of the Clouds & Banner II Class Grand Cordon Sash & Badge

Ext Rare WWII Chinese Order of the Clouds & Banner II Class Grand Cordon Sash & Badge

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This is an Extremely Rare Chinese Medal from WWII, the Order of the Clouds & Banner, aka the Order of the Resplendent Banner,  II Class Grand Cordon Sash & Badge Bestowed usually on Generals of distinction to their help to the Chinese Victory in WWII. 

The Grand Cordon Sash is of the late war cotton ribbed construction. 

The profusely enameled silver badge is in excellent condition, with only some minor tiny nicks and stress lines in various spots on the white points of the background. The badge, suspended from the ribbon, is 2-sided, so no matter how the badge might spin during wear, it looks the same. 

The award comes with the original blue-silk lined presentation box, however, the original Late-war box for the medal is missing the shelf on which the medal would rest. There is also some shipping to the wood where the track starts to hold the sliding lid. And a sliver of wood has broken off form this same area, and it is still in the box. 

The somewhat tattered envelope that at one time held the Chinese Award Document for this medal, and some accompanying paperwork explaining about the medal, and a translation of the Chinese Award Document are included along with this medal. The original Award Document is not present.

The Grand Cordon Sash & Badge was acquired 25+ years ago at the Great Western Show, which used to take place at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. 

It came to that buyer exactly as shown now, without the Breast Star. I do not know if this is how it was awarded to this recipient, or if the 2 medals were somehow separated over the years. 

The recipient of this medal was United States Marine Corps Major General Claude Arthur Larkin, Senior Marine Aviator the first 8 months of WWII, and the Commanding Officer of Marine Aircraft Group 21 during the Attack on Pearl Harbor at the rank of Colonel. 

General Larkin was also: Commanding General of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from December 1943 until April 1944, and then was in charge of air operations in the Northern Solomons as Deputy Commander and later Acting Commander of aircraft there in September of 1944. He was Commanding General of Marine Aircraft, South Pacific, from 21 May to 14 June 1944. From August to December of 1944, he was Commanding Officer of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in the Pacific. 

Now a Major General, Larkin was Commanding General of the 1st Marine Air Wing  from 11 August - 31 October 1945. It was during this period that he set up the 1st MAW in North China , near Tientsin, preparing for the Invasion of Japan that never took place. His earlier service, and especially this service on Chinese Soil is what garnered the General his Order of the Clouds & Banner II Class Grand Cordon Sash & Badge. This award was presented to him on 14 December, 1945. 

His health failing, Larkin was sent back to the US as Commanding General of Marine Fleet Air, West Coast, until he retired from active duty on 1 March 1946

VINTAGE: World War II.

SIZE: Medal: Approximately 2-13/16" height and 2-13/16" width. Medal height from top of loop: 4" inch. Sash: 30" in height x 3" in width. Envelop (For Gen. Larkin): 11-3/8" in height x 6-3/4" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Gilt and enameled silver, silk, wood, paper.



ITEM NOTES: This is from a Chinese collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MDFCAX22 LADIGEX08/02/22


Order of the Clouds & Banner II Class Grand Cordon Sash & Badge: 8+ (Excellent)
Original Presentation Box: 6- (Fine)
Envelope named to General Larkin, that held documentation: 4- (Good-Very Good)
Documents: 8+ (Excellent)

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.