The dagger measures 15 1/2 inches overall, with a 10 3/4 inch blade. In May 1941 Admiral Glassford of YANGPAT and Consul General in Shanghai, Frank B. Lockhart, had concerns for Americans in China due to the threat posed by Japan. They sent a recommendation to Secretary of State Hull for withdrawal of Marines from China. 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 from Shanghai and headed for the Philippines, where they would fight the Japanese until their May 1942 surrender. Then followed the Bataan Death March and imprisonment. The survival rate of these daggers would have to be considered low. The design of the dagger is very interesting, and quite attractive. There are dragon motifs embossed onto the scabbard drag as well as on the grips.
The Pommel has the U. Flag crossed with the Chinese Nationalist flag, with the base of the pommel being the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) insignia. Both have misshapen slightly with the pommel being dented as shown.
The EGA is also seen on both sides of the scabbard throat, in a much larger design. The cross guard is a simple design, with a small ball at each end. Various parts of the decorations are decorated with blue and red enamel, some of which has unfortunately faded. The blade is double edged, with a small fuller down the center on each side. The grip is clear celluloid covered Wood.
The scabbard looks to originally have been silvered brass, however the silvering has worn away over the years, and there is a small furrowed hole in the top rim. Part of original leather Frog ring intact. A trully rare military dagger, most likely the only one we will ever have available. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\China".
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