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A Collection of China Marine Swagger Sticks
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This is an awesome topic Dirk!!! There are some beautiful works of art among these classic and iconic symbols of Marine Corps NCOs.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 01:51 PM
Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 01:55 PM
engraved dragon. Length 18 1/2".
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 02:01 PM
Kevin and Ken thanks for your kind words! Spent a good part of the day trying to capture these on my phone's camera, but I think it's an understudied area in our hobby.
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Posted 01 June 2019 - 03:07 PM
I would like to see other examples from Forum members!
Dirk, I think you have them all (ha). If not, at least you have some VERY nice ones. Thank you for sharing those. They're AWESOME looking!
Posted 01 June 2019 - 03:14 PM
Outstanding collection, Dirk. Great pics. Tje swagger stick was carried by Marines until the 1960s when Commandan David Shoup made a policy statement to the effect, "You can carry them if you feel a need to." or words to that effect. They disapeared overnight! On Okinawa in the late 50s we carried a small swagger-type, polished wood stick painted with our unit and dates on OKI called a short-time's stick, usually acquired in the ville during the last month of the tour. Semper Fi ! Bob
Posted 01 June 2019 - 03:23 PM
Bob thank you for forwarding Goen's on to be enjoyed for years to come! Your right, on heck of a swagger stick!
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Posted 05 June 2019 - 01:51 PM
Great sticks Dirk. Thank you very much for posting them! Love China stuff.
Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:52 AM
Don't know how I overlooked this...
Great topic, Dirk, showcasing some great swag. Of course, we've come to have very high expectations from you in the China Marine department, but you continue to exceed those expectations
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 01:27 PM
This is not a China Marine swagger stick, but it is one that belonged to Brigadier General (later Major General) Thomas H. Green who was Judge Advocate General of the U. S. Army from 1945 to 1949. He was Judge Advocate of the Hawaiian Department from August 1940 until the attack on Pearl Harbor when he was appointed Executive Officer to the Governor General. I picked up several of his military items at an estate sale over 20 years ago, including the swagger stick. The swagger stick is heavy, made of chrome plated metal, and is just under 28 inches in length from the end of the leather tip.
Posted 11 June 2019 - 01:25 PM
Here is a riding crop won by Russell A. Bowers who was assigned to the Headquarters Detachment, Mounted Detachment, American Legation, Peiping, China in October 1935. One of the duties of the Mounted Detachment was as the Legation Military Police, the Horse Marines patrolled the narrow streets of Peiping and the surrounding countryside on horseback to protect American missionaries and businessmen from the many bands of bandits and warlords roving the Chinese countryside. Bowers took part in the Legation Guards Race Cup at Paomachang, China, which was a nine furlong race. Bowers placed second riding “Whisky Bill” and won this riding crop. It is engraved with “Peiping China”, “Mounted Det.”, Whisky Bill” and “R. A. Bowers.” The crop is 34 ½” in total length. Here is an article from the “American Embassy GuardNews” Peiping China, July 1st 1936.
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