Chinese knife
Lot 122
Chinese presentation dagger for the U.S. Marine Corps
1940s length 14in. Boxed.
Sold for US$ 3,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
Chinese presentation dagger for the U.S. Marine Corps
1940s
Chinese-made US Marine Corps dagger made for one of the Company (100 men) of U.S. Embassy Guards in Shanghai, China, circa 1938-1941. Grip and scabbard featuring enameled, crossed American and Chinese Flags and Eagle, Globe and Anchor insignia of the USMC on the throat of the scabbard.
length 14in. Boxed.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    In May 1941 Admiral Glassford of YANGPAT and Consul General in Shanghai, Frank B. Lockhart, had concerns for Americans in China and sent a recommendation to Secretary of State Hull for withdrawal of Marines from China. U.S. Ambassador Clarence Gauss wanted the Marines to stay, but on 10 November Washington ordered the Marines out of China. On 27-28 November the 4th Marines departed Shanghai and headed for the Philippines where they would fight the Japanese until their May 1942 surrender, Bataan Death March and imprisonment. Under these circumstances, the survival rate of these knives would have to be considered extremely low.
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