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Japanese Commemorative Vase...possibly from an aircraft carrier?
Old 12-25-2019, 04:21 AM   #1
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Default Japanese Commemorative Vase...possibly from an aircraft carrier?

Hello! I stumbled upon this curiosity while perusing the Internet. The seller claims that it was from an aircraft carrier due to the anchor and chain seen on the vase. However, he has no idea about the vase's identity past that.

Could somebody translate it? Maybe that can reveal its identity and whether it is connected to a specific aircraft carrier. Any information on this odd-ball, but interesting object would be helpful. After all, I collect stuff from specific warships, so this caught my eye.

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Old 12-25-2019, 02:29 PM   #2
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:07 PM   #3
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I cannot read the main text -- unclear kanji due to paint/glare, etc. .. plus it uses the old "seal script" kanji.

I can read the last two lines:
昭和十五年十月二十九日
Showa jūgo nen jūgatsu nijūku nichi


兵庫県
Hyōgo Ken


It was a gift from Hyogo Prefecture on 29 October 1940 [Showa 15th year].


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Old 12-25-2019, 05:12 PM   #4
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I cannot read the main text -- unclear kanji due to paint/glare, etc. .. plus it uses the old "seal script" kanji.

I can read the last two lines:
昭和十五年十月二十九日
Showa jūgo nen jūgatsu nijūku nichi


兵庫県
Hyōgo Ken


It was a gift from Hyogo Prefecture on 29 October 1940 [Showa 15th year].


- Guy
Okay! Which text is unclear?

If you want, I can give you the link for the item. I can also contact the seller to see if he can give me a clearer image of the unclear thing.

Thus far, it doesn't seem like we gleamed a name yet...if a name is even on there. Pretty much most of the Japanese aircraft carriers were active in 1940, so that doesn't eliminate any choices.
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Old 12-25-2019, 06:51 PM   #5
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I got additional pictures from the guy that focus on the far right lines.
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Old 12-25-2019, 08:22 PM   #6
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Still not very clear due to the surface of the vase .... but I think I've got it. And I think I first got the date wrong? Maybe Showa 11 instead of 15?

特別大演習
観艦式記念
昭和十五年十月二十九日
兵庫県


Special Grand Maneuvers
Naval Review [Kengaku Shiki] Commemoration
Showa 15 [or 11?] Year, 10th Month, 29th Day
Hyogo Prefecture




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Old 12-26-2019, 01:02 AM   #7
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Still not very clear due to the surface of the vase .... but I think I've got it. And I think I first got the date wrong? Maybe Showa 11 instead of 15?

特別大演習
観艦式記念
昭和十五年十月二十九日
兵庫県


Special Grand Maneuvers
Naval Review [Kengaku Shiki] Commemoration
Showa 15 [or 11?] Year, 10th Month, 29th Day
Hyogo Prefecture




Cheers,
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Okay. Thank you.

I wonder if this is just an artifact commemorating a naval review, not necessarily belonging to a specific ship.

That is very interesting...

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Okay. Thank you.

I wonder if this is just an artifact commemorating a naval review, not necessarily belonging to a specific ship.

That is very interesting...

Thanks!
Just souvenirs, I think. I just did a google search of 観艦式記念 [naval review commemorative] and found this box below. Most items were post cards, but I've seen other items before.
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Just souvenirs, I think. I just did a google search of 観艦式記念 [naval review commemorative] and found this box below. Most items were post cards, but I've seen other items before.
Okay.

So it is to commemorate the naval review that happened as opposed to commemorating it in regards to a certain warship.

That is interesting.
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Okay.

So it is to commemorate the naval review that happened as opposed to commemorating it in regards to a certain warship.

That is interesting.
If it was really interesting it wouldn't have already run twice on Ebay. Dealer trying hard to make it what it surely isn't - related to an aircraft carrier.... or interesting I think it's butt ugly at any price
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Craftmanship is not what I would expect / am use to see when we speak about Japanese commemorating items. (Look at the set Guy shared and it's awesome quality.)

I know Japanese people have a taste for rather crude ceramics for example. Here it almost looks casted. Text is hard to read. You can barely see the ornaments. That's unsual. It might have been unproperly stored / heavily rusted and cleaned to the result we see here.

I would not bid too high.
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Craftmanship is not what I would expect / am use to see when we speak about Japanese commemorating items. (Look at the set Guy shared and it's awesome quality.)
I would not bid too high.
I saw the same vase in the same condition on a Japanese website, so storage is not a problem; that’s just how they were cast.

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If it was really interesting it wouldn't have already run twice on Ebay. Dealer trying hard to make it what it surely isn't - related to an aircraft carrier.... or interesting I think it's butt ugly at any price
If anything, I think he is asking a bit too high for the item. Of course, I tend to restrict my stuff to the lower 100s.

Thanks for the translation. It looks like this isn't really from an aircraft carrier. Oh well...
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