Guide to the Philip E. Bailey Collection, circa 1940-circa 1949
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Philip E. Bailey Collection
Dates: circa 1940-circa
Bailey, Philip E., 1923-2006
Physical Description: 1.60
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Philip E. Bailey was a Lieutenant in the
United States military, who was stationed in China during the final years of World War
II. The collection contains a set of Chinese porcelain soup bowls, saucers and soup
spoons made during the Guangxu period (1875-1908) with a card stating they are from
President and Madame Chiang.
Philip E. Bailey was born on April 27th, 1923. He was drafted in the United States
military in 1943, and was stationed in China at the end of World War II working as a
military police officer. While in China, he met an eight-year-old local boy, Mario
Machado, who he grew fond of and made arrangements with his parents to adopt him and
bring him to America where he might have a better education and more opportunities for
his future. Machado lived with Bailey for two years in Los Angeles, before legal issues
caused the adoption to fall through and he was sent back to China.
While stationed in China, Bailey also became involved in the Boy Scout movement,
starting the first American troop in China after the war. He was active in the Scouts
for over 60 years, serving as a Scoutmaster and amassing a collection of Scout uniforms
from around the world which are now located at the International Scouting Museum in Las
After retuning from China, Bailey spent a period of time working for the Los Angeles
Police Department, and retired to Westlake Village, California, where he passed away in
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Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
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Scope and Contents
The Philip E. Bailey Collection consists of a boxed set of Chinese porcelain from the
Jianhua Porcelain Co., containing two soup bowls, two saucers, and two soup spoons, all
with markings stating they were made during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty,
which lasted from 1875-1908. The set also contains a card, which has a stamped seal, or
chop, mark on it and reads "With Greetings of the Season from President and Madame
Box 1, Item 1
Set of Two Guangxu Period Chinese Porcelain Soup Bowls
Box 1, Item 2
Set of Two Guangxu Period Chinese Porcelain Saucers
Box 1, Item 3
Set of Two Guangxu Period Chinese Porcelain Soup Spoons
Box 2, Item 1
Red Box with Cloth Lining for Porcelain Set and Inscription "Jianhua
Porcelain Co. 550 Nanking Road"
Box 2, Item 2
Card, "With Greetings of the Season from President and Madame