JAPANESE WW2 SAKE BOTTLE 1940 Maizuru Artillery

Here is an interesting artillery shell bottle with sake cup top. Normally these are decorated with some sort of military design such as a cannon, helmet, flags, or something of that nature. This bottle has no design at all except for silver trim.

On the base, though, is a date and a place of issue, both of which are fairly rare on these kinds of bottles.

The inscription reads ‘Imperial Year 2600 [1940], Maizuru Fortification Headquarters, 40th Anniversary Commemorative.’  (The embossed white inscription that you may be able to see under the blue writing is a trademark.)

The date seems a bit off since construction on the Maizuru Naval District began in 1901, not 1900. However, perhaps the dating begins from when the building plan was approved.

Another interesting example of an Artillery Shell bottle and cup set.

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