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You are bidding on a SUPERB and VERY RARE set of WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy Semaphore Signal Flags!

Flag semaphore
(from the Greek σ
μα, sema, meaning sign and φέρω, phero,
meaning to bear; altogether the sign-bearer) is the telegraphy system conveying
information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held flags,
rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is
encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed
position. Semaphores were adopted and widely used (with hand-held flags
replacing the mechanical arms of shutter semaphores) in the maritime world in
the 19th century.  It is still used during underway
replenishment at sea and is acceptable for emergency communication in daylight
or using lighted wands instead of flags, at night.

The Japanese Navy
adapted the flag semaphore system to the Japanese language.  Because their writing system involves a
syllabary of about twice the number of characters in the Latin alphabet, most
characters take two displays of the flags to complete; others need three and a
few only one. The flags are specified as a solid white square for the left hand
and a solid red one for the right. The display motions chosen are not like the
“rotary dial” system used for the Latin alphabet letters and numbers;
rather, the displays represent the angles of the brush strokes used in writing
in the katakana syllabary and in the order drawn. For example, the character
for “O” [
], which is
drawn first with a horizontal line from left to right, then a vertical one from
top to bottom, and finally a slant between the two; follows that form and order
of the arm extensions. It is the right arm, holding the red flag, which moves
as a pen would, but in mirror image so that the observer sees the pattern
normally. As in telegraphy, the katakana syllabary is the one used to write
down the messages as they are received. Also, the Japanese system presents the
number 0 by moving flags in a circle, and those from 1 through 9 using a sort
of the “rotary dial” system, but different from that used for
European languages.

Manufactured in a lightweight cotton and wood, this is a VERY RARE set, not commonly seen on the market (though there are a few companies that make reproductions).  Each flag remains in SOLID condition for it’s age, but they does show some marks and wear from use.  Features numerous Kanji markings and stamps!  Probably produced later in the war.  A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!


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