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#1 kanemono

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 11:15 AM

This Cigarette Case is named to Michael Tschetter and is marked April 15, 1936, Peking, North China. The case is Cloisonne enamel and measures 3 3/8” X 4 1/8”. Tschetter enlisted in the Marine Corps on 22 June 1922. He first served on the U. S. S. Oklahoma, the U.S.S. Pennsylvania and then three tours in China. His first tour at the American Legation, Peiping from 1929-1932, his second at the American Legation, Peiping from 1933-1936 and his third tour, Chinwangtao, Tientsin and Shanghai 1939-1941. During WWII he served in Battery "B", Twelfth Marines, Third Marine Division from 1943-1945 as Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant.
Dick

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Edited by kanemono, 29 August 2012 - 11:17 AM.


#2 pzjgr

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:05 PM

Really cool piece! And pretty typical for the Corps in the 30's....thats one old PFC! Promotions were few and far between then...

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:00 PM

Very nice looking case, Dick!
Where did you come across this piece?

#4 kanemono

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:11 AM

Thanks for the comments. Tschetter enlisted in 1922 and didn't make Corporal until 1939. Once WWII started he rose quickly and was First Sergeant in 1945. Robin, I bought the case from Flying Tiger Antiques.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:29 AM

Never seen one in Cloisonné, what is the inside constructed of?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:40 AM

The inside is gilded copper or bronze. Here is a picture of the inside.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

........ Robin, I bought the case from Flying Tiger Antiques.
Dick

DAMN....how did that get past me!!! :pinch:
Very nice purchase! ;)


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