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"
Year: 1930
Price: $250

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"
Year: 1946
Price: $550

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"
Year: 1930
Price: $250

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.
Size: 2-1/4"
Year: 1946
Price: $150