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CHINESE EXPORT SILVER CIGARETTE BOX

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER CIGARETTE BOX

Item Description:

Early 20th c. Chinese Export Silver Cigarette Box.made by Hsiang Yun Company of Hankow c. 1925 Bamboo Etched with cedar interior. Measures 5"x3 1/4"x2". Weight 1 pd 3 oz. PROVENANCE: From the collection of Rear Admiral William Henry Allen and Mrs. Thayer Capers Allen. Rear Admiral Allen was a native of Florence SC and Mrs. Allens parents were from Charleston, SC (Rev. William Henry Capers and Anna Margaret Missroon)/ Rear Admiral Allen graduated from the Naval Academy in 1901. During his illustrious career he participated in and was awarded medals in seven wars including WWII. He was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1944 by FDR for exceptionally meritorious conduct which contributed materially to the successful operations of the fleet and were decisive factors in driving enemy submarines from our coastal waters. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the University of SC. Rear Admiral Allen was a Captain of the Charleston Navy Yard 1926-1927. In May 1934 he assumed command of the 16th Naval District in Cavite, Philippine Islands. In March 1935 he was ordered to duty as the Commander of the Yangtze Patrol in China. From 1938 to 1942 the Allens resided in the Admirals Quarters on the Charleston Navy Yard while he served as Commandant of the 6th, 7th and 8th Naval Districts during the run up to WWII. The Allens were consummate entertainers and collectors, especially of Asian Porcelain, Antiques and Art.

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