This is the first of several and antique embroidered badges I acquired with a major collection of 1920s and 30s garments. It was part of a grouping from a couple who traveled to the Far East in the 1920s. The collection was put into storage in the 1950s and surfaced late last year. I typically deal in fashion. So this out of my normal area of expertise.This badge is apparently from the Imperial Household or a very high noble. It's a four-toed dragon. Here from Christies is a definition or explanation. Distinguished only by name, were assigned to the emperor's sons, imperial princes of the first rank and their sons, and to imperial princes of the second rank. The emperor's grandsons, great-grandsons, great-great-grandsons and imperial princes of the third rank to nobles of the seventh rank all wore four-clawed.
As for the small shattered area, my understanding is that these are rarely found perfect. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Robes & Textiles".The seller is "dexterdoggie" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam.