Item # 128
Title: 1930's ERA USMC ENLISTED SERVICE HAT, CAP OR HELMET DEVICE BACKWARDS "S" MARKED VERSION, CHINA MADE?
Description: This is the 1930's type EGA worn by enlisted Marines on the service cap, campaign hat and helmet. This version varies from the government issue slightly. It is much more detailed, is a finer stamping, and displays an anchor with greater 3D appearance. The rear of these is stamped with a unique backwards "S". Some collectors have attributed these to being made in China. While some lots attributed to China Marines have had this device, there is as of yet, no proof that this is a theater made device. Chinese made devices are usually much cruder, however in the game of EGAs, I have learned to never say never. Either way it is often overlooked variation and much harder to find, and better looking than the issue variety. This one has had a repair done to the post attachment. No keeper included.
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 # 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 # 125
Title: WW2 STERLING AND GOLD PLATED PRIVATE PURCHASE ENLISTED DRESS HAT DEVICE
Description: This is the hard to find private purchase enlisted dress cap device worn on the dress blue and white cap. It is marked "STERLING" to the rear of the eagle's wing. Has some typical plate wear.
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 # 143
Title: WW1 1918 USMC SERVICE COLLAR DISC SET, FIRST COLLAR INSIGNIA WORN BY ENLISTED MARINES
Description: Patterned in 1918 after the long standing Army collar disc. While in France during WW1, it was noticed by the Secretary of the Navy that enlisted Marines (wearing Army uniforms) had no insignia distinguishing themselves apart from the Army. Up until this point, only officer's were authorized collar insignia. Discs were locally procurred in France and manufacturers also began making them in the states. This is a nice quality and detailed set. It is speculated that this is a made in the US variety, however this version has been found on at least one battlefield in France. Perhaps dropped their by its owner, or it made its way there on the collar of a late war replacement. Either way, authentic discs are drying up among the plethora of fakes, fantasy pieces and reproductions that have surfaced in recent years.
Size: 1" round
Item # 139
Title: PRE-WW1 USMC ENLISTED DRESS HAT DEVICE, UNMARKED ENGLISH MADE J.R. GAUNT VERSION
Description: In my opinion this is one of the finest looking enlisted insignia in the long rich history of the Eagle Globe and Anchor. This version traces its legacy from the pattern of devices of the early 1890's. Most likely made around 1904 to 1912 and in small quantities. This version comes marked with "MADE IN ENGLAND" and in unmarked form. Contract data shows that this English maker was most likely J. R. GAUNT. See page 79 of Fred Briuer's reference work UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS EMBLEMS where he reference's the other examples from my collection.
Item # 129
Title: WW2 WARTIME ECONOMY PLASTIC EGA #4 MARK
Description: As war time metal material shortages hit industry, they turned to other materials like plastic by which to make EGAs. This is a cap device with original plastic keeper. EGA is marked 4.
Item # 127
Title: WW2 ERA SWEETHEART EGA TRIFARI MADE STERLING W/ RHINESTONES
Description: A popular piece on the homefront with mom or the girlfriend was this Trifari costume jelwery sweetheart broach or pin. It is marked "STERLING" and "TRIFARI". Trifari turned to precious metals during the war, leaning away from the more common "pop meteal" pieces for which they were known. It features a unique stylized eagle with down turned wings and intricate inlay of rhinestones to the continents that Trifari introduced during the 1940's called "Diamante".
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 # 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 # 126
Title: WW1 USMC OFFICER'S DRESS HAT DEVICE, PINBACK CONVERSION
Description: This device was introduced around 1914 and was made up until about 1937. Most likely a mid-1920's to 1930's piece based off the materials and plating. This piece has been converted to pinback, most likely to be worn as a lapel or sweetheart badge.
Item # 130
Title: WW2 WARTIME ECONOMY POP METAL EGA, LONG POST
Description: As war time metal material shortages hit industry, they turned to other materials like pop metal. Someone once told me these were made in Mexico and that they call them "Tijuana Leads". There may be some merit to this as the old Wosk store in San Diego carried these. These are easily bent and show much less quality and it is actually getting harder find one in good shape, as they break so easily. This version also came with an oddly long screw post, which also makes is susceptible to breaking. This one has had a repair with the post being soldered in place.
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.
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 # 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. Hallmarked screw keeper included.
Item # 124
Title: 1930's ISSUE USMC ENLISTED DRESS CAP DEVICE, UNIQUE COLORING
Description: This device was government issued along with the droop wing collar devices in the early 1930's. It is seen on the helmets of Marines in China. It displays heavy polish wear which, over the years, has allowed the exposed brass to change color to a deep brown/red. The screw post on the 1920's and 1930's device was known to be weak, and this one has been fixed a some point, it appears period done.
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 # 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 # 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 # 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 # 122
Title: 1937 WW2 ERA USMC ENLISTED SERVICE HAT OR CAP EGA INSIGNIA VERY DETAILED VARIATION
Description: This is a WW2 era cap device and one of the much less encountered detailed variations. There were so many makers of WW2 era insignia, and I am not sure this was variation was a government contract or not. It is much more detailed than the standard emblem you see that was probably made in the 100's of thousands. This one has great chocolate brown patina. Screw post is slightly bent.
Item # 123
Title: WW1 USMC ENLISTED CAP, HELMET OR HAT DEVICE
Description: Standard pattern of WW1 era device and seen worn on helmets and caps of Marine in France. Nice honest wear.