Item # 051
Title: WW1 MEDALS - OCCUPATION OF GERMANY AND FRENCH CROIX DE'GUERRE - NEAR MINT
Description: Two near mint medals. WW1 Occupation of Germany and French Croix De'Guerre.
Item # 013
Title: WW1 USMC HEADQUARTERS 5TH REGIMENT 2ND DIVISION MARINE HELMET
Description: An outstanding example of an original 5th Regiment helmet worn by Marines of the American Expeditionary Force in France. Displays the black painted diamond of the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, AEF. This is the British Brodie version helmet, with the split rivet attachment for the swivel chinstrap bales. The chinstrap has rotted away, leaving the liner loose. Unquestionably authentic and how you want to see one.
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 # 141
Title: WW1 ERA USMC SERGEANT MAJOR RIBBONED SILK AND WOOL DRESS CHEVRON SEAM TO SEAM 8" WIDE
Description: "Seam to seam" style chevron for an enlisted USMC Sergeant Major. Scrap book/album removed, with some glue/paper remnants to the back.
Item # 137
Title: USMC 1920'S OFFICER'S MAMELUKE SWORD, IVORY HANDLED, SELDOM SEEN BLACKMAN BROS, PHILA MAKER
Description: What I like about Marine swords, is not only the history that traces their lineage to the Barbary Wars and First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon receiving the first Mameluke, but generally, each sword is identified by name, is carried by a Marine officer his entire career, and is the prized possession and hallmark of an officer. Unlike uniforms that may fall apart and unidentified insignia that get placed in a box, swords stand the test of time and are here long past their owners. This one here is a mid-1920's era Mameluke sword with etched blade "UNITED STATES MARINES". The blade is also etched with the original owner's name "LEROY HAUSER". Records indicate that Leroy (or Le Roy) Hauser was commissioned in 1927, and served in World War Two and the Korean War. He retired in 1959, as a Colonel. The sword is made by a maker I have never seen before, it is etched "Blackman Bros, Phila" under the cross guard. The scabbard shows plating loss and pits, however the blade is excellent. The grip is ivory and shows the typical shrinking cracks around the knot hole. Brass fittings show age and retain scabbard screws and fittings. There is a dent to the scabbard. A decent sword identified to a career officer and to a rarely seen maker.
Size: 39" overall, blade 31-1/2"
Item # 056
Title: USMC LLOYD TROPHY FAR EASTERN DIVISION RIFLE SHOOTING TEAM BADGE PIN BACKED 10K MARKSMAN
Description: This trophy badge is named after Chief Marine Gunner Calvin A. Lloyd and is awarded to the highest scoring rifle team in the Far Eastern match. Lloyd was one of the Corps' early international shooters to first win the National Match. The award he won at the 1912 Pan American Games became the Lloyd Trophy. At Sea Girt in 1921, Lloyd set a world record for his score at the 600-yard line (mid-range). He continued to earn fame and respect as a coach. It is marked "LI - 1/10 - 10K".
Size: 2" long by 1-1/4" wide
Item # 049
Title: WW1 USMC GREEN AND RED MILITARY POLICE ARMBAND
Description: An nice green wool armband with red wool "MP" letters. This armband is finished (stitched). It has one small hole to the lower right edge. A hard to find WW1 Marine Military Police accessory.
Size: 8" wide
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 # 053
Title: WW1 FRENCH CROIX de GUERRE AND MINI FOURRAGERE
Description: A French Croix de Guerre medal, as awarded to many US Marines in France during WW1, along with the scarce mini fourragere in the colors of the Croix de Guerre.
Item # 029
Title: WW1 USMC HEADQUARTERS, 6TH REGIMENT, 2ND DIVISION AEF HELMET
Description: A wonderful example of the black painted diamond and Indian Head of the 6th Regiment Headquarters Battalion. Almost all 6th Regiment HQ helmets I have seen are without EGA for reasons unknown. Excellent+ condition.
Item # 060
Title: USMC HOLCOMB TROPHY SHOOTING BADGE
Description: The Holcomb Trophy is awarded to the winners of the Western Division Match and is named in honor of the 17th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Thomas Holcomb. Holcomb was a member of the first Marine Corps competitive rifle team and competed in 1901 at Sea Girt, New Jersey. He was the sole military competitor in the Palma Rifle Team and also had the highest score of the U.S., Canadian, and British competitive teams. He became a Distinguished marksman in 1908, and in 1911 he won the National Trophy as a member of the first Marine Corps team. During his term as Commandant, starting in 1936, the Marine Corps had some its strongest teams in national competition. This is an unmarked pin back version. It is not marked but it appears to be 1/10 10k. This is not one of the cheap modern ones or a knock off.
Size: 2-1/4" long by 1-5/8" wide
Item # 097
Title: WW1 USN USMC CORPSMAN PHM2C UNIFORM COAT WITH ARMBAND
Description: A WW1 USN Corpsman service Marine uniform with Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class rate to the left sleeve and a red cross armband to the right. The uniform also has one overseas service chevron representing 6 months. No name and only a couple wear or tiny moth nips. Size is stamped "6S" with a Marine Quartermaster 1917-1918 stamp. 6S is a nice larger size.
Item # 050
Title: WW1 3 PLACE RIBBON BAR
Description: A 3 place ribbon bar, most likely a 1920's to 1940's made bar. Bar represents 1912 Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, WW1 Victory and French Croix De'Guerre. Has screw posts.
Item # 037
Title: WW1 2ND DIVISION AEF BOOKLET PRINTED DURING OCCUPATION OF GERMANY
Description: An original booklet on the 2nd Division, honoring their accomplishments during the Great War through General Orders, Citations and Commendations. Published in Neuwied, Germany in February of 1919 for troops of the 2nd Division and its Marines. 31 pages. An exceptional copy with light handling wear and age toning..
Size: 5-5/8" x 8-3/4"
Item # 054
Title: WW1 USMC DRESS BLUE P1912 HAT
Description: A beautifully conditioned WW1 USMC dress blues cap. Wicker framed. Absolutely no moth damage. Full leather liner and made by HORSTMANN with stamp and date of 1915. Small split to back of headband liner where it attaches from shrinkage. If you were waiting on one that has no holes and is all original, look no further.
Size: Estimated size 7-1/4
Item # 059
Title: USMC EDSON TROPHY SHOOTING BADGE LORDSHIP INDUSTRIES 10K
Description: The Edson Trophy was established in 1953 and is awarded to the highest scoring team in the Eastern Division Match. It is named in honor of Merritt A. Edson, a famed Marine "Raider", a distinguished rifle shooter and member of the winning 1921 Marine Corps National Trophy Team. He was also a coach and captain of several shooting teams and served as Inspector of Target Practice. His performance in combat earned him the Navy Cross and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also served as the Executive Director of the NRA. This is a solid Lordship Industries "L.I. 1/10 10K" marked pin back version. This is not one of the cheap modern ones or a knock off.
Size: 2-1/4" long by 1-5/8" wide
Item # 068
Title: M1910 USMC EAGLE SNAP CANTEEN AND POUCH
Description: An original and rare USMC M1910 canteen and pouch with Marine button snaps. Shows average wear. Hard to find in serviceable condition. Inside right pouch flap marked "U.S.M.C.". Aluminum canteen is unmarked. Faint name stamp to bottom, but cant be made out. Snaps work great.
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 # 028
Title: WW1 ERA USMC "SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN BATTALION" 15TH SEPARATE BATTALION HELMET
Description: In 1919, 700+ Marines (a Provisional Battalion) were sent into the Schleswig-Holstein areas of Germany as they voted on whether or not to stay a part of Germany or become part of Denmark. This is a little known piece of Marine Corps WW1 history. Many of these men were from the 5th Brigade of Marines stationed at Camp Pontanezen in Brest, France, and a small amount were vets of the 5th and 6th Regiments that saw combat with the 4th Brigade. Their insignia was that of a red/maroon shield and EGA. The helmet is in excellent plus condition and is sized 7-1/4. Extremely rare to find anything of this unit, as they were so small in number.
Size: 7-1/4 Liner
Item # 140
Title: WW1 ERA USMC PAYMASTER RIBBONED SILK AND WOOL DRESS CHEVRON SEAM TO SEAM 8" WIDE
Description: "Seam to seam" style chevron for an enlisted USMC Paymaster.
Item # 003
Title: WW2 OFFICER DRESS HAT DEVICE STERLING & 10K
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 the earliest and best quality (anchor is stamped 10K) version.
Item # 024
Title: 1933-1934 CHINA MARINE FOURTH MARINES ANNUAL
Description: Annual of the Fourth Marine Regiment in China. 1933-1934.
Size: 12-1/2" x 9-1/2"
Item # 067
Title: WW1 USMC SERGEANT TROPICAL RANK CHEVRONS
Description: An original mint set of sergeant's rank chevrons for the tropical green uniform as worn in Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Cuba.
Size: 3-1/4" Wide
Item # 081
Title: IDENTIFIED WW1 USMC 5TH BRIGADE UNIFORM AND ENGRAVED MEDALS
Description: A nice WW1 USMC uniform and identified medals for a Marine that served with the 3rd Battalion, 13th Regiment, 5th Brigade, American Expeditionary Forces, France. Frank Isaac Durie, enlisted in July 1917 and did his initial training at Paris Island. He was then sent to the Dominican Republic with the 2nd Brigade in late 1917 and early 1918. He came back to Quantico in July and attended NCO school by August 1918 where he was promoted to Corporal and was assigned to the 13th Regiment who was setting sail for France. He landed in France in September 1918 and remained at Camp Pontanezen, Brest, France for the majority of the war, filling rear echelon and supply duties in France. Durie remained a member of 3rd Battalion, 13th Regiment until the Regiment's return to Hampton Roads, Virginia in August 1919. The set is in great condition with a nice set of matched bronze EGA collar discs, his medals and rifle qualification bar. The WW1 victory medal is handsomely engraved (rare to find them engraved, as it was done privately) on the rim edge with "CPL F I DURIE, U.S.M.C.". The New Jersey state service medal is also engraved with his name "F. I. DURIE". The Good Conduct Medal is edge numbered "30294" and totally appropriate for a 1917 enlistee. The trousers are the harder to find "jodphur" riding style with US MARINE QUARTERMASTER stamp and with lace up calves. The set displays beautifully with no mothing or damage.
Item # 110
Title: WW1 1918 FRANCE USMC 10 INCH RECRUITING ADVERTISEMENT
Description: A nice WW1 recruiting ad from a newspaper in July 1918. This is when Marine exploits in France were dominating the headlines back home. It depicts an armed US Marine and French Soldier with arm up leading the charge into the fray that is battle. An EGA is in the upper left corner. It is an excellent+ condition and would look wonderful conservation framed and matted. Slight age toning to the right side.
Size: 10" Tall
Item # 142
Title: WW1 ERA USMC SERGEANT TROPICAL LINEN GREY/WHITE RIBBONED SILK CHEVRON SEAM TO SEAM 9" WIDE
Description: "Seam to seam" style chevron set for an enlisted USMC Sergeant. Hard to find the tropical linen versions and earlier wider variant
Item # 021
Title: 1946 CHINA MARINE TSINGTAO DRAGON EGA SOUVENIR SILVERED BELT BUCKLE
Description: Sold to Marines that returned to China at the end of WW2 as a souvenir. The Orient produced lots of great items...cloisonne enamel, silks, embroideries, and silver. This is a silvered belt buckle with wrapped dragons and EGA. Says "U.S.M.C. 1946 and "TSINGTAO CHINA" in a banner to the front. Complete with friction style keeper.
Item # 015
Title: WW1 USMC 6TH REGIMENT FOURRAGERE
Description: The French Fourragere was bestowed upon the 5th and 6th Regiments for their bravery at Battles such as Belleau Wood, Blanc Mont and the Argonne. This is an original example with the numeral 6 attachment. Has a couple snag spots.
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 # 066
Title: WW1 USMC SERGEANT SERVICE RANK CHEVRONS
Description: An original uniform removed set of sergeant's rank chevrons for the service green uniform as worn in France at battles like Belleau Wood and the Meuse-Argonne as well as the German occupation after WW1.
Size: 3" Wide
Item # 048
Title: WW1 USMC OFFICER'S SERVICE P1912 BELL CROWN GREEN CAP
Description: An nice rare WW1 era USMC officer's pattern 1912 service cap. This is an earlier one, probably 1914-1915, with down-turned bill and transitional lime green color. Would rate it excellent for its age, despite the two areas of mothing near the EGA. This damage could probably be repaired with a talented person and a needle and thread. Some staining to the under inside of the bill. Inside is beautiful with a full black silk liner which is embossed with a silver "HORSTMANN" logo. The leather headband is perfect. A seldom encountered and desired piece of headgear.
Size: Estimated at size 6-7/8
Item # 039
Title: CHINA MARINE WALLA WALLA MAGAZINE SHANGHAI VOL. VII NUMBER 26, DEC 1 1934 - FOOTBALL ISSUE
Description: An issue of the magazine of the Marines stationed in Shanghai China. This magazine was a weekly periodical and covered things like "Company Dope", stories, sporting news, comics, advertisements for movies, souvenirs, sporting events, whiskey, etc. Dec 1934 issue with a football related cover. It is amazing to reminisce of what life was like for these Marines serving in China during the pre-war Golden Era of the Orient. The "mystique" of China attracted many, with its night life, girls, attractions, exchange rate and danger.
Size: 7-1/2" x 10-1/2"
Item # 064
Title: 1892 ENLISTED CORK HELMET EGA
Description: This is an original 1892 pattern enlisted EGA for the cork and cloth covered felt helmet. The anchor stock is broken off and missing (damaged).
Item # 047
Title: WW1 USMC WOOL GLENGARRY OVERSEAS CAP W/ EGA
Description: An original WW1 USMC enlistedman's "Glengarry" cap. So named due to its likeness of the Scottish Glengarry Cap. This cap is in amazing shape, and rare to find in this condition without any moth damage whatsoever. Two button front, holding flaps that are held up by two metal connectors in reinforced embroidered eyelets. Hat EGA to the side has not been removed in some time.
Size: Estimated at 7, cap measures 12" across
Item # 020
Title: RARE CHINA MARINE 1930'S GLOSS GREEN M1917 HELMET
Description: For a period of years in the early 1930's the Marines in Shanghai China wore gloss green M1917 helmets. This is the only the second one that I have owned. From looking at the inside, you can see that the outside shell was prepped smooth and repainted in gloss green. The paint is old and displays shrinkage and age cracking. Full liner and initials inked to upper portion of chinstrap where it attaches to the top. The chinstsrap is broken short but both pieces are there and there is enough to put through the keeper. The photo of the Marine is shown for reference and was taken in 1932-1933 timeframe. These helmets were issued, I have National Archive documentation on the Marines acquiring these from the Army and replacing the liners quite frequently. It is unlikely many of these made it home. They were replaced by the M1917A1 Kelly Helmet in 1937.
Size: Liner is 7-1/4"
Item # 026
Title: SPAN-AM USMC ENLISTED "BANJO BOARD" SHOULDER EPAULETTES
Description: Worn by enlisted men from 1892 to 1904. Red twisted mohair with nickel EGAs and gold crescent edge. These should come with right/left facing EGAs, however period photos do show them being worn with right/right and left/left pairs.
Item # 079
Title: WW1 USMC 2ND BATTALION 5TH REGIMENT 4TH BRIGADE 2ND DIVISION INDIAN HEAD BRODIE HELMET W/ EGA
Description: A nice WW1 USMC 5th Regiment helmet with painted yellow square, indian head insignia of the 2nd Division and an EGA mounted above the insignia. This is the early British Brodie helmet, issued to the first Marines in France, with split rivet bale attachment. The liner is full and intact. Leather chinstrap is sliced to better fit to chin (a fairly common practice). There is a name in two places on the rim, "Tom Daily". Since both areas have been painted over, I assume that this helmet was re-painted and re-issued in France. It most likely saw combat. Interestingly, there was a Thomas Daily in the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, and not the 2nd Battalion. I have owned and sold many helmets with different names attributed to Marines in France, the helmets apparently were swapped often. I one time heard that there were accounts of Marines leaving gear in the trenches, for the next unit to fall in on. I am not sure of this practice. There is an old collection label to the inner rim. A nice old original helmet to a storied unit.
Size: Estimated 7-1/4
Item # 096
Title: WW1 USMC 2/6 80TH COMPANY, 6TH REGIMENT PHOTO POSTCARD LOT
Description: Two Real Photo Post Cards (RPPC) of a squad of Marines in different pose during the occupation of Rheinbrohl, Germany in late 1918 and 1919. The Marines are part of the 80th Company, 6th Regiment and are led by an officer. They display yellow diamond "Indian Head" patches of the 2nd Division. Photos are marked with a tiny stamp to the rear "Ang. Lange. Rheinbrohl/Ka." Attributed to Private Carl Schell, USMC.
Size: 5-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Item # 117
Title: WW1 ERA STUDIO PHOTO OF 6TH REGIMENT AEF MARINE, INDIAN PATCH, OVERSEAS CAP, EGA COLLAR DISCS
Description: A wonderful studio photo, most likely taken on this Marine's return to the states. Depicts a Marine from the famed 6th Regiment with what appears to be a WW1 Victory ribbon with 4 or 5 stars. The Indian Patch of the 2nd Division, 6th Regiment is on his shoulder. Impossible to tell the Battalion, but appears it could be 1/6 or 2/6 judging by the color. He wears the side cap adopted in France and the first ever authorized collar disc EGAs (worn inappropriately with anchors outboard). It is very hard to find photos of WW1 Marines with all insignia being shown like this. Card says "The Stanton Studio Springfield, O." and photo is hand signed in the lower right "Stanton". The folder housing the photo is separated at the fold.
Size: Photo 6-1/2" X 4-1/2" , Card is 9" x6-1/2".
Item # 135
Title: 1915 NAMED AND ENGRAVED STERLING USMC MARKSMAN SHOOTING AWARD BAR
Description: An award bar issued in engraved on the rear "JAMES MADDEN 1915". Unmarked, but is made of sterling silver. These engraved bars are very collectible and popular.
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 # 032
Title: M1912 ENGRAVED ID'D USMC SHARPSHOOTER RIFLE QUALIFICATION BADGE
Description: An early and solid Pre-WW1 to WW1 Rifle Sharpshooter badge. Engraved on the back "JOHN P KENNEDY JULY 23 1912".
Size: 1-13/16" x 1-3/4"
Item # 052
Title: PRE WW1 ERA IDENTIFIED SHOOTING MEDAL LOT TO DISTINGUISHED RIFLE MARKSMAN 1911-1915
Description: A simply outstanding lot of nine named pre-WW1 shooting medals that are attributed to Claude H. Clyde, USMC. Clyde was the recipient of the Gold Distinguished Marksman Badge in 1911. I have shown for reference, photos from "The History of Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship" where he is mentioned many times as well as various internet found material on his winning some of these medals. A super rare early set of shooting medals to a prominent Distinguished Rifle Marksman. The group includes the following medals:
1. A very early 1911 named and dated United States Marine Corps Silver Leg or Marksmanship Badge or Medal engraved "Sergeant/Claude H./Clyde/1911" with embellishments.
2. 1911 named and dated United States Marine Corps Division Bronze Leg or Marksmanship Badge or Medal - The reverse of the medal is beautifully hand engraved on four lines, "Sergeant/Claude H./Clyde/1911" with embellishments.
3. 1914 Bronze National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) Enlisted Men's Team Match Medal - The bronze medal comes on its original ribbon and top bar that reads, "SEA GIRT N.J./DIVISIONAL COMPETITION/A" on three lines. A bar that is suspended from the broach reads, "1914 SECOND PLACE". The reverse of the medal is beautifully hand engraved, "Claude H. Clyde/Marine Corps"
4. 1915 New Jersey State Rifle Association (N.J.S.R.A) Individual Rifle Match Medal - The riveted three piece silver medal has a top bar that reads, "1915/N. J. S. R. A." on two lines. It reads in an oval pattern, "INDIVIDUAL RIFLE MATCH". The medal is hallmarked on the reverse of the top bar, "THE HAYES BROS CO." The reverse of the medal is engraved, "Claude H. Clyde/Marine Corps".
5. 1915 United Service Match Medal - The two piece bronze medal has a top bar that reads, "1915/JACKSONVILLE FLA." on two lines. The reverse is engraved on four lines, "U.S.M.C./TEAM/Gunnery Sergeant/Claude H. Clyde". The medal is hallmarked on the reserve of the top bar, "THE HAYES BROS CO."
6. N.J.S.R.A. 1915 Dryden Trophy Medal - The two piece bronze medal has a top bar that reads, "N.J.S.R.A". The chocolate colored planchet reads, "DRYDEN TROPHY". The center of the medal has been hand engraved "1915". The medal is hallmarked on the reserve of the top bar, "THE HAYES BROS CO." The reverse is hand engraved, "Claude H. Clyde/Marine Corps".
7. N.E.M.R.A. 1915 The Hayden All American Trophy Medal - The two piece bronze medal has a top bar that reads, "N.E.M.R.A". The chocolate colored planchet reads, "THE HAYDEN/ALL AMERICAN TROPHY". The medal is hallmarked on the reverse of the top bar, "THE HAYES BROS CO." The reverse of the planchet is hand engraved, "Claude H. Clyde/Marine Corps".
8. 1911 National Match Team ("Dogs of War") Medal - The beautifully struck bronze medal comes on its original red, white, and blue ribbon and top bar that reads, "THE NATIONAL MATCH TEAM". The planchet reads, "NATIONAL TROPHY/PRESENTED BY THE CONGRESS/OF THE UNITED STATES/FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEAM MARKSMANSHIP" and "CLASS A/PRIZE/1911". The bar is hallmarked on the reverse, "B.B.&B./PHILA./BRONZE".
9. 1920 N.R.A. Grand Aggregate Match Medal - The bronze medal reads, "US 1920 NATIONAL RIFLE/ ASSOCIATION". Five bars are suspended on the ribbon. They include, "U.S. MARINE CORPS", "MEMBER'S", "PRESIDENT'S" and "WIMBLEDON", and a round bar that has "100" in the center.
Item # 055
Title: USMC DISTINGUISHED MARKSMAN (RIFLE AND PISTOL) MEDAL AND BADGE LOT
Description: An amazing lot of 5 engraved leg medals, 10k gold distinguished badges, shooting medals, ribbons, expert badge and qual bars, dogtags, medals, and award belt buckles. Two of the leg medals (one rifle and one pistol) are bronze and engraved "CORP, N.D. FOURNIER 1947", two more silver rifle and gold pistol are engraved "SGT, NORMAN D FOURNIER 1948", the last is a gold medal and engraved "1ST LT NORMAN D FOURNIER". The distinguished badges are 1/10 10K. The expert badge qual bars are dated 1949-50-51 and 1952-53-54. Fournier was one of the top shots in the Corps in the late 1940's and went on to be the coach of the Parris Island Rifle Team in the 1950's leading the team to Elliott Trophy wins.
Year: WW2- KOREA
Item # 070
Title: RARE USMC ENLISTED SERVICE DROOP WING HAT EGA STERLING PASQUALE
Description: Considered by some to be the centerpiece of an EGA collection, is the "droop wing" enlisted hat device. It is also often called the "China Marine" EGA by collectors even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the Marines' service in China. It was however worn by Marines during the timeframe that is most associated with the tumultuous events in China during the mid-1930's. Tales from Old Corps Marines claim it was affectionately dubbed the "Gooney Bird", the bird that inhabited Wake Island. Documents within the Marine Quartermaster files show that the official Marine insignia was changed in 1925 to an EGA with down turned wings. For issuance to enlisted Marines, the Marine Quartermaster Department contracted for down turned winged collar devices around 1928, but held off on ever contracting hat devices for issue. Makers were confused by the Corps' issuing droop wing collar devices along with the older style hat device and records show that they even asked repeatedly for guidance from the Quartermaster on the official insignia so that they may retool their stamping dies for the private market. A handful of makers did so (most likely around 1932 based off of photographic evidence), and sold the larger hat devices on the private purchase market. As it turned out, the down turned wing insignia was not favored by many senior Marines, including the Commandant. In 1936, the official insignia was changed back to one that more resembled the WW1 insignia and the hat devices saw limited sales. Today it remains one of the most sought after devices by collectors. The service version is far more scarce, and I have only see a "Pasquale" marked service device. This one here being the second one I have ever owned. It is marked "STERLING PASQUALE" on the rear of the eagle. In my experience, while the dress ones are hard to find, you will see 20 dress for every 1 of the service versions.
Item # 100
Title: 1904 PATTERN ENLISTED FULL DRESS SERGEANT'S UNIFORM
Description: A nice original 1904 pattern enlisted man's full dress uniform with Sergeant rank and one hash mark for 4 years service. Coat is in excellent condition for this being 115 years old. Has "QUARTERMASTER DEPT US MARINE CORPS 1905-1906" and size stamp to the inside left sleeve. Only one moth nip to rear, some light tracking that can only be seen under flash photography. The right sleeve has torn away for a portion on the inside liner. The original leather neck closure is partially there. This is an actual worn tunic, you will see so many of these put together.