Item # 024
Title: 1933-1934 CHINA MARINE FOURTH MARINES ANNUAL
Description: Annual of the Fourth Marine Regiment in China. 1933-1934.
Size: 12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Item # 021
Title: 1946 CHINA MARINE TSINGTAO DRAGON EGA SOUVENIR SILVERED BELT BUCKLE
Description: Sold to Marines that returned to China at the end of WW2 as a souvenir. The Orient produced lots of great items...cloisonne enamel, silks, embroideries, and silver. This is a silvered belt buckle with wrapped dragons and EGA. Says "U.S.M.C. 1946 and "TSINGTAO CHINA" in a banner to the front. Complete with friction style keeper.
Item # 023
Title: 1946 CHINA MARINE PEIPING DRAGON EGA SOUVENIR ENGRAVED METAL PHOTO ALBUM
Description: A gorgeous piece of art and I have only seen a couple like this. The Chinese souvenirs during this time were simply stunning. This photo album, which consists of 186 photos from 1944 to 1946 has an aluminum front and back cover. The metal has been "jeweled" or burnished in a circular pattern and engraved with dragons, an EGA, temples and identifies it to its owner "Peiping, China, I. M.A.W. U.S.M.C. 1946 Joseph R Peterson". The album documents his start and finish as a Marine. It starts in April 1944 with photos of him as a civilian, then him in boot camp in May 1944 at Parris Island, his school (telephone) at Camp Lejeune in Nov 1944, his first duty station at Cherry Point with female Marines, his trip over to China in early 1946 on the USS President Adams, and then on to lots of China content while with MSS-24, MAG-24, 1st Marine Air Wing, and finally his return home in mid-1946. About 100 of the photos are when he was in China at South Field, Nan Yuan, Peiping. There are 4 business cards and a great chinese made silk 1st MAW patch in the album. Not all pages are photographed.
Size: 12" x 9" x 1"
Item # 039
Title: CHINA MARINE WALLA WALLA MAGAZINE SHANGHAI VOL. VII NUMBER 26, DEC 1 1934 - FOOTBALL ISSUE
Description: An issue of the magazine of the Marines stationed in Shanghai China. This magazine was a weekly periodical and covered things like "Company Dope", stories, sporting news, comics, advertisements for movies, souvenirs, sporting events, whiskey, etc. Dec 1934 issue with a football related cover. It is amazing to reminisce of what life was like for these Marines serving in China during the pre-war Golden Era of the Orient. The "mystique" of China attracted many, with its night life, girls, attractions, exchange rate and danger.
Size: 7-1/2" x 10-1/2"
Item # 020
Title: RARE CHINA MARINE 1930'S GLOSS GREEN M1917 HELMET
Description: For a period of years in the early 1930's the Marines in Shanghai China wore gloss green M1917 helmets. This is the only the second one that I have owned. From looking at the inside, you can see that the outside shell was prepped smooth and repainted in gloss green. The paint is old and displays shrinkage and age cracking. Full liner and initials inked to upper portion of chinstrap where it attaches to the top. The chinstsrap is broken short but both pieces are there and there is enough to put through the keeper. The photo of the Marine is shown for reference and was taken in 1932-1933 timeframe. These helmets were issued, I have National Archive documentation on the Marines acquiring these from the Army and replacing the liners quite frequently. It is unlikely many of these made it home. They were replaced by the M1917A1 Kelly Helmet in 1937.
Size: Liner is 7-1/4"
Item # 022
Title: 1946 CHINA MARINE TIENTSIN DRAGON EGA SOUVENIR SILVERED BELT BUCKLE
Description: Sold to Marines that returned to China at the end of WW2 as a souvenir. The Orient produced lots of great items...cloisonne enamel, silks, embroideries, and silver. This is a silvered belt buckle with wrapped dragons and EGA. Says "U.S.M.C. 1946 and "TIENTSIN CHINA" in a banner to the front. Complete with keeper.
Item # 044
Title: CHINA MARINE YANGTZE SERVICE MEDAL M. No. 305
Description: An very nice condition US Marine Corps numbered Yangtze Service Medal. A fairly low number. Rim edge is "M. No. 305". This medal was awarded Sailors (with US Navy on the back) and Marines (United States Marine Corps back) for service in the Yangtze River Valley and coastal waters of China from 1926-1932. Marines served aboard ships of the Asiatic Fleet as well as light armored gunboats and other vessels navigating as part of the "Yangtze River Patrol". The Marines assigned to vessels navigating the upper portion of the Yangtze were affectionately known as "River Rats".
Size: 1-1/2" x 2-7/8"