Japanese solid silver vase with military history provenance
Hallmark: Dates between 1868 - 1912
Maker: Roughly translated Kureyuki-koku/Goko koku or Made by Kureyuki, or Made by Goko.
The two inscriptions on the vase body, one in Japanese down the side of the vase and one in Latvian just up from the base which reads.
“To the Friend Colonel Lt T Oouchi 10/1/1936”
Tsutomu Oouchi (1933-1935) was the Military attache to Latvia, during the combined
Japanese Military Intelligence activities and the Baltic States.
Tsutomu was a very passionate cavalry officer, but in 1933 Japan was in the process of modernising its military and a cavalry unit was seen as outdated.
The vase could possibly have been a parting gift from the Japanese government?
Tsutomu was killed in action during the Battles of Khalkhyn Gol were the decisive engagements of the undeclared Soviet– Japanese border conflicts fought in Mongolia and Manchukuo in 1939.
The conflict was named after the river Khalkhyn Gol, which passes through the battlefield. In Japan, the decisive battle of the conflict is known as the Nomonhan Incident (ノモンハン事件 Nomonhan jiken) after a nearby village on the border between Mongolia and Manchuria. The battles resulted in the defeat of the Japanese Sixth Army.
More information can be gained from the book
“The Inter-War Japanese Military Intelligence Activities in the Baltic States: 1919-1940”
by Shingo Masunaga (Author)