Imperial Japanese Battleship Yagumo 1923 Sake Cup
Exceedingly rare Imperial Japanese Battleship Yagumo 1923 Sake Cup commemorating Battleship Yagumo. Lacquer and Gold Kinen Sake Cup.
Historically significant esp to Australia & the South Pacific nations. This training Battleship Yagumo Kinen Sake Cup from 1923 -1924 is historically significant. It is especially significant to Australia and the South Pacific nations. It commemorates the completion of it’s historic training mission route through the South Pacific. Hand made solid wood with genuine Gold on red Urushi lacquer. It is complete with it’s original, labeled Paulownia (Kiri wood) box.
Inside the cup is depicted & written in Gold, the sea route & ports of call. Yokosuka, Saipan, Palau, Truk, Rabaul, Noumea, Auckland & Winton NZ, Sydney, Hobart & Melbourne Australia, Batavia, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Macao & Shanghai.
Written on the base of the cup in Gold : 軍艦八雲 Battle ship Yagumo, 大正 12 – 13, 年度 1923-1924, 練習艦隊 Training Fleet, 遠洋航海 Ocean Navigation, 記念 Commemoration. In the base: 渡邉 First Officer Watanabe.
In April 1935 during a training mission this Battleship with other accompanying Imperial Japanese Naval vessels berthed in Perth Australia. The first visit was 17 years prior to the Japanese attack on Pearly Harbour, heralding the beginning of WWII and the bombing of Darwin, Australia. The second visit was 5 year prior to these same events.
Minor light scratches. Otherwise remarkably excellent condition given its age, surviving WWII & the celebratory ferver that the Japanese Naval personnel distinguished themselves with at the time.