Subject:Re: Inscription on old Chinese porcelain cup
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Dec 18, 2020
In my sense of it, the inscription appears to say 'During the mid-autumn festival of the Wuwu year young officers were shown appreciation by military advisors for outstanding improvements and the dead were respected with bestowal of posthumous titles' (戊午中秋子春軍師賞卓悛敬贈 - Wu wu zhong qiu zi chun jun shi shang zhuo quan jing zeng). Corrections welcome.
There's no clue as to what wuwu cyclical date is mentioned; such years recur in 60-year cycles. It sounds to me like it may be one of the Chinese military classics, such as 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'. If it is related to the civil war and warlords of the Republic Period, 1918 was one occurrence. Usually something like this would bear related decoration. I checked the passage and segments of it on Google but got nothing apparently related back.