Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1937 China Incident Named Oiler Naruto Navy Lacquer Sake Cups
This is a very rare antique Japanese military sake cup set, decorated with a naval insignia inside a wreath like motif. The words on the back of each of the cups are "Special Purpose Warship Naruto" and "Showa 12th Year (1937) China Incident Victorious Return Commemoration". The Naruto was an oiler of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was launched in the 1920s. It participated in many major engagements in WW2, including the Battle of Midway, and sank in Rabaul (the English wiki entry is incorrect as Naruto actually sailed out for Midway and refueled the fleet along the way). The cups here come with original wooden box with a label for a shop located in Hiroshima. The cup also comes with original cotton lining to help pad the cups.
It's rare to find named ship cups and doubly so for military actions. I'm also selling a lacquer tobacco box from probably the same person for the same ship.
Condition: Mint. The box is a bit damaged here and there.
Size: 3", 3.75", 4.25"