Exquisite Antique Japanese Military Infantry Catering Platoon Army Sake Cups
This is a very exquisitely decorated set of Japanese antique military sake cups with a stand. The cups are each decorated with a very elaborate set of figures - I am not sure of the context, but I suspect these tell a tale or reference some myth. There are three characters on each of the cups, together they make the phrase "Infantry 36th Regiment 1st Company". The stand for the three cups has some words written underneath - "Congratulations banquet for Mr. Nakamura" and "(from) Corporal Kato's 1st Catering Platoon, 13 soldiers serving under Corporal Mizukami". This is quite an interesting context - the banquet is for a Mr. Nakamura, most likely an officer of some sort. He was probably getting promoted or something similar - worthy of a banquet. The catering platoon probably did the banquet for him, and you can sort of imagine how during the dinner, they gifted him this set of cups to commemorate a happy event. This is quite easily the most elaborate set of cups I've seen in person for a military related set.
Condition: The two smaller cups are in near mint condition. The largest cup has a crack - pictured in a closeup. There's a little cracking of the paint on the stand as well near the joints.
Size: 7.5" tall total, the stand itself is about 5.5" tall and 7" at the widest. The cups are about 5.75", 5", and 4.25" across