Japan - Helmet, sakazuki military sake cups

Japan - Helmet, sakazuki military sake cups
Original - Ceramic, Iron (cast/wrought), Lacquer - Good condition

I offer I nice lot of a civil defence helmet and 5 commemorative sake cups (sakazuki).

Such cups were commissioned by the soldiers for various purposes mainly to commemorate various milestones such as victories, enlistment to return from overseas assignment, completion of military service...

Each cup is a mini time capsule with some mentioning the owners name (Kawai, Tami, Watanabe) and regiment inscribed. Various decorations: Imperial flags and insigna, cherry blossom (symbols of fragility and transience of life), a poem, etc...

The red one is made of lacquered wood and commemorative of the Russian-Japanese war.

Helmet dimensions 14x27x26cm, weight 450g
Cups 3x9x9 and 3x8x8 cm

Good conditions, minor rust's spots on helmet, likely manufactured near the end of war when material was scarce. One cup with a chipped part, as seen on the photos.

Lot details
Helmet, sakazuki military sake cups
Country of Origin
Ceramic, Iron (cast/wrought), Lacquer
Original/ Replica
Good condition
14×27×26 cm
Comes with certificate of authenticity
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