Given to their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Higashi-Fushimi- no-Miya on the occasion of their visit to England in April of the 44th year of the Meiji Era (1911). Respectfully Count Saigo Jutoku (Tsugunori) and his wife Toyoko.
Prince Higashi Fushi-no-Miya Yorihito was the adopted son of the Emporer Meiji. At the age of 18 he went to England and was educated at the Naval Academies of both England and France. He was awarded the highest possible Japanese honour of the Daikuni Kikkasho (Order of the Chrysanthemum) at the age of 23. He was captain of the battleship Kasuga in 1906 at the age of 40, and was to become the Commander of the Japanese Navy. At the age of 32 he married Kaneko, the daughter of Iwakura Tomomi, who had led the 'Iwakura Mission' to Europe. Toyoko, the younger sister of Princess Kaneko was married to Count Saigo Jutoku. The presenation silver bowl was given to the royal couple to mark the prince having been dispatched to England in 1911 to represent the Emperor Meiji at the coronation of King George V. The gilt chrysanthemum indicates the position of Fushimi-no-Miya as a close member of the Imperial Household.