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Order of the Precious Crown (Japan), First Class. Queen Mary's star c. 1905

Gold, enamel, pearls | 6.6 x 6.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 441069

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The Order of the Precious Crown is the highest Japanese honour for women. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was awarded to numerous female members of the British royal family to strengthen ties between the two nations. The badge incorporates a gold crown topped by a bird of paradise, as worn by ancient empresses.