Hangchow Houseboat Expedition Medal with Documents
HANGCHOW HOUSEBOAT EXPEDITION MEDAL and 2 documents to William Hill.
This scarce China service "unofficial" medal from the 1930's was struck along the same lines as the more often seen SooChow Creek and Yangtze Barrier medals.
The "Hangchow Houseboat Expedition” was an excursion in a Chinese houseboat and certainly not a military "Expedition" The medal is well struck. The obverse displays the legend "Hang Chow House Boat Expedition" and depicts three Chinese junks under sail. In the lower right 5 o'clock position can be seen a military figure next to an American flag with a pagoda in the background. The reverse bears the legend, "For Service in Interior China" over 2 stars. Note that it has the same yellow & brown-striped ribbon of the SooChow Creek medals which is suspended from a common pin.
There is a document and map given out with the HangChow Medal.