Item # 083
Title: WW1 USMC OFFICER PINBACK EGA COLLAR INSIGNIA OR SWEETHEART PIN
Description: A unique WW1 era EGA device that is collar sized however, at this time, no known match exists for the right side. Evidence points to it being a one-off sweetheart or souvenir pin in officer appearance with silver and gold plate. Unmarked and pinbacked.
Item # 072
Title: 1876 PATTERN SHAKO SHIELD W/1892 EGA BANNERMAN SURPLUS
Description: Bannermans was a famous Army-Navy store that bought and sold surplus of US Government military equipment including original items and items off of original dies. The P1876 shield is original and Bannerman's most likely added the EGA around the turn-of-the-century. It has been speculated that the red white and blue was done for the new 1900 century, but was most likely done just to add colorful flare. Bannerman's would add a variety of surplus items to shields like this or even modify items (ie. sword handles turned into candlesticks).
Size: 9" x 7"
Item # 080
Title: 1937 PATTERN WW2 USMC HAT EGA DEVICE INSIGNIA FOR THE SERVICE OR TROPICAL CAP
Description: A nice conditioned and brown colored officer's service hat device. Marked with the eagle and "HH" logo of Hilborn and Hamburger. Does not include a screw keeper.
Item # 011
Title: 1892 PATTERN ENLISTED EPAULETTE INSIGNIA
Description: This EGA is the heavy gauge nickel insignia with dual double prongs. These were used on the dress "banjo" boards of the P1892 enlisted dress uniforms.
Item # 008
Title: WW2 NS MEYER OFFICER'S SERVICE COLLAR EGA SET
Description: These were worn on the service and tan officer's uniform. Marked with shield logo of NS Meyer.
Item # 087
Title: 1920'S ERA SERVICE HAT EGA TRENCHED INSIGNIA
Description: 1920's era USMC enlisted man's hat device where the continents have had the paint removed to show contrast from the rest of the darkened insignia. This modification has been dubbed "trenching".
Item # 006
Title: WW2 NS MEYER OFFICER'S SERVICE HAT EGA
Description: This is actually a pattern of EGA that was first used in WW1 and was brought back in 1937 when the Marine Corps gave up on the droop wing design. This has the NS Meyer shield on the anchor.
Item # 085
Title: 1920'S ERA HILBORN HAMBURGER OROID DRESS EGA COLLAR INSIGNIA
Description: One of the more unique emblems coming out of the 1920's and the 1918 authorization for enlisted men to wear collar devices. This is insignia is hard to find and is a Hilborn Hamburger private purchase dress collar insignia. This device has elongated wings with the bottoms of the wing being straight. Most 1920's insignia have a less pronounced eagle. To the rear of the eagle, is marked "HH" within an eagle and faintly marked "OROID". Has roller keeper.
Item # 010
Title: 1920'S ENLISTED SERVICE HAT EGA
Description: This is the issue hat EGA predominately worn in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Worn on the green service and tan tropical caps.
Item # 071
Title: KOREAN WAR ERA THEATER MADE DRESS EGA HAT AND COLLAR DEVICE SET (JAPANESE OR KOREAN)
Description: This rare EGA set is unique. Only a handful of EGA devices were made overseas, especially during a time of war. The French made EGAs in WW1, the Australians in WW2 and I believe the Japanese or Koreans did during the Korean War as well. I have purchased some of these out of Japan, which affirms my belief that these were made there for service members. Many also tend to come out of Korean War era veteran's groupings. This is the first time I have seen a set offered anywhere. Two of the frog clips are missing.
Size: Hat and collar sized
Item # 009
Title: WW2 HILBORN HAMBURGER IMPERIAL OFFICER SERVICE EGA
Description: This is the WW2 officer's hat EGA worn on the service green and tropical tan uniforms. This one is marked "IMPERIAL" with the "HH" logo.
Item # 005
Title: 1935 "DEVIL DOGS OF THE AIR" QUAKER OATS GIVEAWAY EGA
Description: This is a 1935 Quaker Oats giveaway promotion for the James Cagney film "Devil Dogs of the Air". Great brassy age has turned red.
Item # 069
Title: PRE-WW1 TO WW1 USMC OFFICER'S DRESS HAT EGA 10K AND SILVER NS MEYER
Description: The exact date of this officer's dress hat EGA is unknown, however it is known to pre-date WW1. It is depicted in the 1918 dated NS Meyer catalog. Fred Bruier's book covers this one on page 88. This is a quality constructed piece and the rear of the eagle is back marked "STERLING" with the NS Meyer shield. The rear of the anchor fluke is marked "10K". The anchor chain terminates on the fluke in a small tube. The parallels are finely chased with hand etched details and the eagle's wings show intricate detail. This exact style was later brought back in the late 1930's when the Marine Corps was directed by the Commandant to move away from the droop wing EGA and changed the insignia to more resemble the WW1 emblem. These later emblems were constructed differently and made of different materials.
Item # 002
Title: ENLISTED "DROOP WING" DRESS EGA COLLAR SET
Description: This is the issue variety of collar insignia worn on the enlisted Marine dress blue uniform in the 1930's. Commonly referred to as "Droop Wing" insignia, for the significant downward wing appearance. These are also sometimes referred to as "China Marine" insignia. This is somewhat a misnomer, as these have no affiliation to the China Marines other than being the type worn by Marines in the tumultuous times in China leading up to WW2. These were produced from the official Marine emblem approved in 1925, but fell out of popularity with Marines and leaders. The emblem was changed in 1937.
Item # 007
Title: KOREAN WAR OFFICER SERVICE HAT DEVICE HILBORN HAMBURGER (HH)
Description: This is the Hilborn Hamburger variety that saw service through late WW2 and into the early 1960's with it being made of different construction materials. This is stamped with the eagle logo of HH and "SER 203". This is a later 1950's production EGA.
Item # 086
Title: ULTRA RARE WW1 USMC OFFICER TIFFANY AND COMPANY SERVICE COLLAR EGA
Description: One of the most sought after piece in any military insignia collection are those pieces made by fine jewelry companies such as Bailey Banks and Biddle, Link and Company, and Tiffany and Company. The piece here is the only known Marine Corps insignia made by Tiffany, a long standing company known for their quality, jewelry in particular. It most likely dates from WW1 era based on design, but could have been sold by Tiffany and Co as late as the early 1930's. This piece is in mint condition and is only one of four that I have seen in over 25 dedicated years of collecting of EGAs. I have recently discovered that there is a matching hat device for this emblem. It has markings to the rear of the eagle, "BRONZE" and under that a gothic "m"; it is also marked "TIFFANY & CO." The gothic "m" is the Tiffany directorship mark for John C. Moore II and was in use from 1907-1947. It is pinback with a delicate catch that has been coined as "Tiffany-style" by collectors when used by other insignia firms. This is a superbly rare piece missing from almost all Marine EGA collections.
Item # 084
Title: 1962 PATTERN OFFICER'S DRESS HAT EGA DEVICE STERLING
Description: An officer's dress hat device from the mid to late Vietnam war era. Marked "STERLING" and "592" to the rear.
Item # 004
Title: WW1 ENLISTED SERVICE COLLAR DISCS - NS MEYER VARIETY
Description: This variety of WW1 collar discs appeared in the NS Meyer catalog of 1918. The 1" round discs were the first authorized collar insignia for enlisted men in late 1918 to help distinguish Marines from their Army counterparts in France during the Great War. They were patterned after the Army's collar disc and were abolished upon the return of AEF Marines from France in 1919.
Item # 106
Title: BOXED 1930'S TO WW2 OFFICER DRESS HAT AND COLLAR EGA SET, NS MEYER, STERLING AND GOLD
Description: Mint and unused set of officer dress hat and collar insignia. In original NS Meyer box, these are unused and show tarnish wear only. Marked 1/20 10K to rear. A great set and most likely pre-war to early war given the materials in which they are made.