Antique Japanese Military Helmet Style China Incident Army Sake Cup with Original Box
This is an antique Japanese military sake cup, decorated with a helmet, a pair of flags, and some cherry blossoms. The words are "China Incident Victorious Return Commemoration". The cup's exterior is in the shape of a helmet with a pair of rifles. The soldier's name Kurakane is on the back as well. The cup comes with original box made with thin paperboard - there's a flag, a veteran's badge, and some cherry blossom, with the words "Go-sakazuki" on it (just means cup, really). On the side of the box is the name of the shop, Tokyo - Nogikan. I'm not sure what this Nogikan is - might be related to the Nogi Shrine in Tokyo. There's a Nogikan but it's in Shikoku. There's also a stamp mark on the lid of the box that has the name of the soldier - Kurakane - and the number 333. This is probably the soldier number that he has in his regiment, which would be the same number as on Japanese dogtags. I am guessing that these cups were given out to soldiers in the entire unit as they returned home from war so everybody got a set.
The cup also comes with what looks like original wrapping paper that helps cushion the cup inside the box. I have a few of these and the paper used seems to vary - some old newspapers, some old paper of other sort.
Condition: Mint. The boxes have varying amounts of creases.
Size: 2" across