Relay torch for 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games

Object Type
Sporting equipment/Accessory/Torch/Relay
Date Used
1964
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Brief Description
Relay torch for 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, with original packaging. Matt black-coloured aluminium alloy torch base with cylindrical stem, expanding to wide flanged top with central hole, for shaft. Shaft is long chrome cylindrical stem that fits into torch base. Printed at top of shaft in opaque grey lettering: 'OLYMPIC TORCH' and at lower end printed within linear elongated rectangle with solid circle and five Olympic rings and 'TOKYO 1964'. Directly below is 'SHOWA KASEIHIN CO., LTD./3-1964'. Torch was lit using two-component ignition material. Impressed into flanged top of base 'XVIII OLYMPIAD TOKYO 1964' and Olympic rings. Impressed around base of stem is 'NIKKEI YANAGI', two words respectively representing the manufacturer (Nippon Light Metal, otherwise known as Nikkei Research and Development Centre), and the designer (Sri Yantis). Square grey cardboard box, red card reserve interior. Lid of box, with abroad, rectangular lip, features a white bordered logo with large red solid circle, olympic rings and 'TOKYO 1964' in white. Front side inscription: 'TORCH HOLDER'. Designed by famous Japanese graphic designer, Kohei Sugiura. Box contained the lower section of the Tokyo 1964 Olympics relay torch. Packaging includes long piece of white tissue with dagger graphic in grey print, sparse pattern, to wrap around chrome shaft and a long, thin brown corrugated cardboard box with white tape at one end. 'OLYMPIC TORCH' printed in black on brown label towards top of box.
Measurements
1 - torch base: H: 195 W: 170 D: 170mm (H: 7 11/16 W: 6 11/16 D: 6 11/16")
2 - metal cap: H: 540 W: 29 D: 29mm (H: 21 1/4 W: 1 1/8 D: 1 1/8")
3 - Box for base: H: 200 W: 200 D: 200mm (H: 7 7/8 W: 7 7/8 D: 7 7/8")
4 - Tissue for shaft: H: 720 W: 175 D: 1mm (H: 28 3/8 W: 6 7/8 D: 1/16")
5 - Box for shaft: H: 560 W: 35 D: 35mm (H: 22 1/16 W: 1 3/8 D: 1 3/8")
Date Used
1964
Location
On display
Registration No
1999.3493.1

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