Japan and Manchukuo: South Manchuria Railroad Badge 2

Here is another Mantestu badge, and this one also has the distinctive emblem. This is a badge commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the company, so it dates to 1936. The obverse is dynamic, showing a train hurtling down the tracks with the emblem above.

The reverse has only an inscription that says ’30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the South Manchuria Railway’:

I am not sure who would have received this badge, but I suspect that it was offered for sale, not awarded. Commemorative badges like this were very popular in the 1920s and 30s, and they were an inexpensive yet interesting item for gift-giving, a skill at which the Japanese excel.

This kind of badge most likely came in a small paulonia wood box and had no ribbon. It was not meant to be worn.


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  1. Hi,

    Nice item indeed, where can one find such a sample?


    • You have to hunt around in antique stores and the like for one like this. Good luck!

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