Rare Antique Japanese Military Cruiser Nisshin Lacquer Navy Sake Cup
This is an antique Japanese military sake cup, decorated with an anchor, a bunch of cherry blossoms, and the words "Congratulations to Mr. Yamamoto for Term Fulfillment". The words on the back are "Warship Nisshin" and the gift-giver's name, Kaizuka. The cup comes with a wooden box with a sticker for "#2 size" on the front and the shop's sticker inside the lid. It also comes with old cotton and the yellow cloth.
The warship Nisshin was a cruiser that was brand new right at the outbreak of the Russo Japanese War. It participated in the two major naval battles, and distinguished itself in the Battle of Tsushima as the second-most-hit ship after Mikasa. One interesting fact - the future Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku got his first taste of battle on the Nisshin during the Russo Japanese War, when he lost two fingers during the Battle of Tsushima. Now, many people had the name Yamamoto, and since he was an officer cadet, he probably wouldn't be "term fulfilled", so this cup was almost certainly not for him, but it's still an interesting connection nonetheless and it's a storied ship. Nisshin then served during WW1 against Germany in Asia, then was sent to the Mediterranean in the last years of the war. It finally was struck from the naval list in 1935 and served as a target practice. Raised from the dead, it served as a target again, this time for the Yamato in 1941 and sunk for the last time.
Condition: Mint. The box is a bit weathered, and the strings for tying the box is broken. The box also may not be the original since it's a bit too big for the cup
Size: 3.25" across