Very Rare Russo Japanese War Battleship Sagami / Peresvet Homecoming Commemoration Lacquer Tray
This is a very unique and rare piece of history right here - the dish commemorates the homecoming of the battleship Sagami. This isn't just some normal battleship coming back from a trip - Sagami was the Russian battleship Peresvet, scuttled in Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War by the Russians, and raised by the Japanese in the summer of 1905 after the war was over. They renamed it Sagami, and it spent the next few years in Yokosuka getting refitted for use. It then spent the next ten years in the Imperial Japanese Navy, then re-sold to the Russians in 1916 during WW1 when they were allies. It then sank en-route to Europe. So all in all, the ship spent a little more than ten years as a Japanese vessel. You can read more about this ship here.
The tray is made of lacquered wood, and decorated with an anchor, some cherry blossoms, and the words "Warship Sagami Homecoming Commemoration" and the sailor's name Watanabe. The back of the tray has a dripped paint pattern decoration. The whole tray is shaped like a stylized cherry blossom.
Condition: There are a few spots where there's a little chipping of the paint, please see pictures. The gold is also somewhat faded.
Size: The widest point on the tray is about 7" across