Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1907 Cruiser Tone Launch Commemoration Navy Sake Cup
Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1907 Cruiser Tone Launch Commemoration Navy Sake Cup

Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1907 Cruiser Tone Launch Commemoration Navy Sake Cup

Regular price $234.99

This is an antique Japanese military sake cup, decorated with a ship's mast carrying a number of signals. The words on the cup are "Congratulations Warship Tone Launch Ceremony" "Meiji 40th Year October 24th" and "gifted by Akaoyasu". I looked up Akaoyasu and it seems to be the old name of the current Akao Company - they've always specialized in firefighting equipment, established in 1897 and was selling firehoses. They probably got some business from the shipyard for hoses on the ship and gave this cup as a gift.

This is the first generation Tone, a protected cruiser. It fought in WW1 and then was eventually used for target practice in 1933.

Condition: Excellent - some fading of the colors

Size: 3" across

Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1907 Cruiser Tone Launch Commemoration Navy Sake Cup
Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1907 Cruiser Tone Launch Commemoration Navy Sake Cup