Born in Gosport, England, he immigrated at 3 years old (1916) to the US with his mother and three brothers after their father, a British Royal Marine Sergeant, was killed at Gallipoli in WWI. After reaching 17 years of age (1930), he joined the US Marines and went through boot camp at Paris Island, S. He soon became a Horse Marine. (The Marines did not use the word "cavalry").
He was transferred to Beijing as part of the US Embassy's ceremonial functions and for security. He fought through both the European and Pacific campaigns during WWII. After WWII, they discovered that he wasn't really a US citizen. He was allowed to go to Canada for a while and re-enter the US legally, becoming a US citizen.
After marrying my mother, he later served during the Korean War and spent over 30 years in the US Marines before passing away on active duty in 1960. Along with the other items, these vases have been in our family ever since, for almost 90 years. These are medium-large vases: over 9 inches tall and over 5 inches in diameter. They both come with custom-carved, teak stands.The vases were formerly used as lamps and each have a 3/8 hole drilled in the center of the vase base and wood stand for the former lamp stem. The holes are not at all visible, but the vases will not hold liquid if you really wanted to use them for that.
There is one small dent midway up on one of the vases. It is normally not visible, but can be felt if handled in detail. The pair of vases was appraised and dated - in the same condition - in 1981 by Maisels Ltd.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "muffalo" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States, Greenland, Bermuda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Canada, Mexico.