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CBI bullion sweetheart pillow cover

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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 05:11 PM

So-called sweetheart pillow covers (or pillow shams) were made to commemorate a unit or a base and designed to be sent home to mom, wife girlfriend, etc. They are usually colorful, but normally it's something I'll pass on.

Until today when I came across this one at an estate sale. From across the room my eye easily caught the distinctive crest of the CBI - China, Burma, India - theatre of operations from WWII.

On closer inspection I was amazed to discover it's all done in silver bulllion! The overall piece is 16 inches square: that CBI crest is 4.5 inches high (not counting the bullion work above it in the photos).

I did some searching around on the web today and found some embroidered CBI shams, but nothing like this. Again, sweetheart shams usually incite me to nothing more than a "Well that's nice," but this bullion encrusted piece was more like "Cooool!"

Here's the front and back of the piece and some closeups (which are close to life sized):

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#2 CNY Militaria

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 12:54 PM

Wow! That is nice. Thanks for showing!

#3 BrianMcC

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:53 PM

I not going to fight anyone over this type of thing either but this sucker is really quite nice.

One of a kind maybe?


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