Antique Japanese Showa Imperial Enthronement Army Minister Pure Silver Sake Cup
This is an antique Japanese military sake cup, decorated with a star and a pair of phoenix, with the words "Commendation". The words on the back are "Showa 3rd Year Imperial Enthronement Commemoration" and "Minister of the Army". There's a maker's mark at the bottom of the cup and a stamp for "pure silver". This is probably a cup given from the Minister of the Army to a high ranking officer who might've participated in the ceremony in some way. At the time the Minister of the Army (in English it's often call Minister of War) was Shiragawa Yoshinori, who later was commander in Shanghai during the Shanghai Incident and died there from a bomb attack by a Korean nationalist. The cup comes with original wooden box. The lid of the box says "Silver cup, gifted by the Minister" "Imperial Enthronement". Since about 2000 people attended the actual ceremony, that number would've included a number of representatives from the army. It would make sense for them to get something from the minister to commemorate this event. There's a shop's name under the lid.
The cup weighs about 136g. By silver weight alone this cup is worth about $82.
Condition: Excellent - some tarnishing and minor surface scratches.
Size: About 5" across