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Here is a one-of-a-kind treasure from World War Two. We acquired this wooden box full of war memories directly from the WWII veteran, Earl Weich who put it together. Earl served with the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and was stationed in Peking (now Beijing). He made this memory box out of a discarded military case which originally held a Camera Assembly Gun Sight Aiming Point device. Earl added a piece of wood inside the lid and inset an army signal mirror. He glued letters for his name and his nickname "Biggen" plus the years he was stationed in Peking "43" - ''46". He also added a couple of wood slats that can be used to hold photos. The box is 12" (31cm) long and 6.5" (17cm) tall and 4.5" (11cm) wide. It has brass tone corner guards and two latches plus a leather handle.

Below is list of some of the items included in this lot. Significant items include a rare "War Area Service Corps Diary for 1946 - China". The diary was provided to U.S. soldiers serving in China as as a Christmas gift and includes a brief history of the Republic of China, the R.O.C national anthem and calendar pages for 1946 plus it also has several pages of advertisements for Peking businesses. The diary has no writing in it.
Here's what else is included:
1 - wooden smoking pipe
1 - pair of sunglasses
4- Caroid Dental Powder customer referral cards
1 - Air Mail envelope with 3¢ U.S. stamp
1 - red ribbon
1- white ribbon
1- fountain ink pen
1- Republic of China Navy Service pin
3- U.S. Army - 4th Army, 4 leaf clover embroidered patches
1- lead pencil
1- women's hair comb
1- pocket magnifying glass
1- wrist watch band on card
1- small toy baby
2- necktie clips
21- small plastic uniform buttons
10- large plastic uniform buttons
1- small metal Marine Corps button
1- small belt buckle
1- plastic handle from some unknown item

The wooden box is in good vintage condition. The leather handle is still supple and the metal hardware is free of rust. The items inside the box vary in condition but none of the metal items have any rust.
Greg Boydston
Dee Ann Boydston

World War II U.S. GI's Box with Personal Effects "A Solidiers Handmade Memory Box"


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: wood, metal, paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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