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  1. Well it’s good they are finally bringing stuff out on line!
  2. Nice image Brig! Somebodies been digging around the History Division Collection
  3. Ran through a portion of the collection and found these two images taken during one of the houseboat expeditions. The reality was participants were not always transported on wind driven junks, but rowed covered barges. The 1st shot shows a sight recorded from one of the houseboats of what appears to be occidental women swimming
  4. What material is the belt buckle made from? Agree yours shows a “artistic” rendering of a US heavy cruiser- Augusta or Houston
  5. Thanks Kurt! This one showed up on eBay a year or two ago with some of General Ashurst’s items and was fortunate to win it. Now if I can only ID the maker of these medals I would be really happy. I keep hoping to find that one smoking gun...even Bob Gee had an original box, but sadly the box was totally unmarked., apart from the Marines name and company written in pencil on the underside.....and I am going to assume that was added by the 1Sgt responsible for that company’s distribution.
  6. Excellent thread! His things are in good hands and his memory will be kept alive.
  7. I have seen pictures of German officers using those!
  8. Kevin my first hunch is a Bob pointed out above is the spelling was intentional. So a hunt for how he and his family spelled it would be excellent project. Not discounting anything correct spelling, misspelling....just glad the frame has resurfaced and D spotted it.
  9. As for misspellings....when it came to Chinese or Japan’s products Silks, silver etc...misspellings are almost standard. Many of these artists at the time were illiterate, not only with English, but their own countries languages.
  10. Kevin like you I think it’s good. I spent a long time studying this and a number of other pieces that came out of the country during the China Marine years. Much research, reference material purchased, and study pieces gained. Still hardly know anything but imho no doubt it’s a good piece D picked up. The challenge now for me is to decode the silver marks on the back. I am always interested in where the Marines bought their souvenirs and why this jeweler. Sometimes is proximity to quarters, reputation of quality, or just a good price. Gives us a little bit of insight to Cukela maybe not yet s
  11. Bringing this older thread back to the fore. In the almost eight years since the last post, the online scholarship on Chinese silver has improved. Originally, I was told the item was made by the "Ho brothers" and that could still be correct, but believe it was made and sold by Wu Hua & Company of Tientsin. I am slowly learning how the Chinese made, marked and sold their silver during this period and in the case of this maker I believe Tientsin is listed on the piece as the location of the seller. The company that sold it as noted above, was "Wu Hua" or "Wou Hau" who was active in Tientsin
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