Imperial Japanese silver cigar box, inscription for H I H Crown Prince (Hirohito) of Japan, 1921
Lot 271
OF IMPERIAL JAPANESE INTEREST: A cased presentation box by J W Benson Ltd, London 1920
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,262) inc. premium
Lot Details
OF IMPERIAL JAPANESE INTEREST: A cased presentation box
by J W Benson Ltd, London 1920
Plain rectangular form with rounded corners on shallow bracket feet to the corners, the pull-off cover applied to the centre with a gilt Imperial Japanese chrysanthemum, inside of the cover engraved "Presented by H.I.H. The Crown Prince of Japan to JOHN T. LEWIS. O.B.E. 1st June 1921"
contained in original fitted leather covered box, hinged cover and fold down front., height 7.7cm, length 19.6cm, weight 47oz.


  • In 1921, The Crown Prince of Japan, who in 1926 became Emperor Hirohito, undertook a six month tour of the UK and Europe. This was to be the first time that a member of the Imperial family had ever travelled overseas and accordingly the visit was followed closely and widely reported on by the international press. Of his arrival in London, the London correspondent of the New York Times commented 'Not since 1914 had the stage been set for so brilliant a function as today (May 9), when the Japanese Crown Prince was welcomed here. Prince Hirohito was conducted ashore by the Prince of Wales and the Japanese Ambassador. They travelled to London where the King and the Duke of York were awaiting at Victoria Station. The trip to Buckingham Palace was made in the Royal carriage, the procession passing through crowded streets lined with troops.'

    Accompanying the lot is a three page document Daily Programme for Saturday 14th May 1921 detailing The Visit of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan. Travelling from Chesterfield House via Paddington to Oxford and his return, it includes information on who was present at each point of the trip, and which areas were visited.
    At Oxford H.I.H. was accompanied by His Imperial Highness Prince Kan-In.

    John T Lewis was an official in Oxford.
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