Antique Japanese Military Imperial Guards Golden Kite Award Army Sake Cup
This is an antique Japanese military lacquer sake cup, decorated with a badge of the Order of Golden Kite in the center. The words on the back are "Imperial Guards 4th Infantry Regiment 4th Company". The box it comes with has a label for a shop located in Nihonbashi, still an important shopping district today in Japan. This cup was probably given to someone who received the Order of Golden Kite, which was awarded for military merit.
Condition: Excellent - there are a couple of very small (~1mm) damage on the rim of the cup at around 1 and 10 o'clock.
Size: 3.75" across