Very Rare Antique Japanese 1907 Cruiser Chitose UK US Tour Commemoration Navy Sake Cup
This is an antique Japanese military sake cup, decorated with an anchor, a cherry blossom, and a flag. The words are "Warship Chitose" "UK US Expedition Commemoration" and the sailor's name Hosotani. This is the first generation Chitose, not the aircraft carrier that fought in WW2. This ship participated in both the Sino Japanese and Russo Japanese wars. It then fought in WW1 before being relegated to coastal defense duties. During this UK US tour in 1907 it went around the world, first to celebrate the 300 years of colonization of America, then on a European tour, which included stops in the UK. This cup is part of a set - another smaller one is also for sale.
Condition: One chip at 5 o'clock
Size: 3.25" across