Item # 114
Title: SET OF 1930's - 1940's "MARINES IN CHINA" COMIC POSTCARDS, UNUSED, HAND COLORED
Description: Cartoons and caricatures of adventures and experiences in China were popular among Marines and popular souvenirs. There generally isn't a China Marine scrap album, yearbook or magazine without a comic of some sort. Marines loved to draw. This is a wonderful packet of 9 unused and hand colored postcards. The packet originally contained 10 cards. These are hard to find unused and not glued to an album.
Size: 5-1/2 x 3-1/2"
Year: 1930's - 1940's
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 # 132
Title: USMC FIELD HORSE MARINE MOUNTED SADDLECLOTH OR SHABRACK
Description: Mounted Marines operated in many of the Banana Wars theaters (Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua) with the most famous dedicated Mounted detachment in Peking, China until 1939. This is the field saddlecloth as identified in the 1912 Marine Uniform Regulations. It was worn under the saddle and consists of tan outer covering trimmed in tan leather. The inside is covered in white cotton duck material. Earlier versions had metal EGAs, which ended up getting caught on gear, so at some point, around the 1920's, they started using leather EGAs of the 1892 cork helmet style. A rare and seldom encountered horse and China Marine item. One of the tip ends displays dry rot and some damage.
Size: 20" X 30"
Item # 113
Title: 1930'S CAFE BAR HWA MEI TIN CARD, HA TA MEN STREET, PEKING FROM USMC CHINA MARINE SOUVENIR ALBUM
Description: Businesses like cafes and bars is where you could find Marines taking a rickshaw on liberty in Peking and Shanghai. This is a small business card from a US Marine's scrap album for "CAFE BAR HWA MEI TING", located at "HA TA MEN STREET No 4 BO BOU HU TUNG." Many of these establishments also supplied Marines with another favorite pasttime, women. Front is in English and rear is in Chinese.
Size: 4-1/2 x 2-3/4"
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 # 112
Title: 1930's to 1940's CHINA USMC MARINE COMIC POSTCARDS, UNUSED, HAND COLORED
Description: Three hand colored postcards jokingly depicting Marines and Sailors with Chinese girls. I think these are post WW2, when Marines went back to China to help keep Communists out. May be late 1930's.
Size: 5-1/2 x 3-3/4"
Year: 1930's - 1940's
Item # 116
Title: ORIGINAL PHOTO OF FOURTH MARINE REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS, SHANGHAI CHINA
Description: A great vintage shot of the 4th Marine Regiment Headquarters building in Shanghai, China. A coolie runs by with a hand cart, while Marine sentries stand guard. The 4th Marine Regiment started its mission in China in 1927 and left in 1941, only to be captured by the Japanese in the Philippines on the island fortress of Corregidor.
Size: 4" x 3"
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"
Item # 065
Title: CHINA MARINE 1946 TSINGTAO SILK SOUVENIR EMBROIDERY
Description: This is a nice large silk Chinese made embroidery for Marines of the 6th Division. Marines returned to Tsingtao in late 1945, removing the defeated Japanese only to find warring factions of Chinese Nationalists, militias, and Communists. This embroidery is paper shrouded, shows fading to the blue field, yet the silk thread is still fairly bright. The embroidery depicts a colorful dragon, American and Nationalist Chinese flags around the 6th Marine Division insignia and "USMC TSINGTAO, CHINA 1946" to the bottom. This ready to be framed once again. Displays fold marks.
Size: 30" x 19"
Item # 106
Title: 1930's CHINA MARINE STYLE BELT AND BUCKLE
Description: This leather belt and buckle displays a wonderful droop wing EGA in silver and gold on a golden buckle and keeper. These are very hard to find in complete and original condition attached to the belt. You will find the buckles from time to time, but most of the time it is missing the keeper portion.
Size: 33" long with buckle
Item # 115
Title: 1930's PHOTO OF A CHINA MARINE WITH UNIQUE 37MM ANTI-TANK/PERSONNEL GUN CART
Description: A great photo, I have never seen a 37mm gun mounted in this configuration. Cart appears to be that of the M1917, but instead of a machinegun, a 37mm is attached. I think these were envisioned to be used with anti-personnel (flechette type) rounds.
Size: 5-7/8" x 3-3/4"
Item # 133
Title: SUPER RARE USMC OFFICER HORSE MARINE DRESS SADDLECLOTH OR SHABRACK
Description: Mounted Marines operated in many of the Banana Wars theaters (Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua) with the most famous dedicated Mounted detachment in Peking, China until 1939. This is a super rare officer saddlecloth, as identified in the 1912 Marine Uniform Regulations. It was worn under the saddle and consists of tan blue wool covering trimmed in scarlet enameled leather. The inside is covered in white cotton duck material. Earlier versions had metal EGAs, which ended up getting caught on gear, so at some point, around the 1920's, they started using leather EGAs of the 1892 cork helmet style. This is the only example I have ever seen offered for sale and would cap your mounted Marine or China Marine collection.
Size: 20" X 30"
Item # 111
Title: 1930'S CHINA MARINE 4TH MARINES CLUB 2ND ANNIVERSARY DANCE PROGRAM 1940
Description: Fourth Marines Club was a place where Marines could relax, dance, drink, read, play games and eat. It was run for Marines by a Committee of Marines. Events were hosted there, and this program is for the Second Anniversary Dance and 26th Anniversary of the 4th Marine Regiment. Back says "PRINTED AT THE WILLOW PATTERN PRESS, SHANGHAI".
Size: 5-1/2" tall