Pre WW1 Officer's Dress EGA
Posted 14 September 2007 - 09:24 PM
The first of 3 photos used here depicts Navy Cross and DSC winner 1st Lt Dwight Smith in a photo taken July 1914. This is the earliest photo I have with this style insignia being used.
The second depicts 1st Lt Fitzhugh Buchanan using this insignia. Buchanan was a former Gunnery Sergeant who served with the 6th MG Bn during WW1. He re-entered service in 1921 as a 1st Lt. The photo is undated but probably dates around the late 20's or whenever he submitted this photo for promotion to Captain. Fitzhugh ended his career as a Major in 1946.
The third depicts Major Walter A. Wachtler in 1940.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 05:10 AM
Posted 15 September 2007 - 08:51 AM
Just wanted to make sure... I went to work on the anchor and saw the incised gold mark. In my previous post you refer to (emblem that sold on ebay a few weeks ago) I'm quite sure we will someday identify these as an unmarked product of Gemsco. That bird transcended several changes and generations of design spanning as you say nearly four decades. The final group being the one you have shown with the beautiful fret work that adorns the globe. I have long suspected these unmarked emblems were of the traveling salesman's stock, sold to the small military outfitter and smaller more obscure uniform makers. Meanwhile their higher quality hallmarked pieces were likely sold to the premier uniform makers were they would cater to those who had daddy's line of credit in hand...
Edited by Brig, 14 May 2014 - 11:08 AM.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 09:41 AM
That bird transcended several changes and generations of design spanning as you say nearly four decades. The final group being the one you have shown with the beautiful fret work that adorns the globe.
Yes the anchor is marked "GOLD" as well. I have posted better shots of all of the marks. Based off your statement above ("final group being the one you have shown"), do you think that this EGA I have pictured was produced later than 1920 based off the fret work? If you do, I do not agree with that. Or are you saying, it is a later version, of which was probably produced around 1920? Which in my opinion is a distinct possibility given the provenance of the lot. The hat pictured below is Capt Williamson's model 1912 officer's Bell Crown hat and EGA (the one pictured above). It emerged from the same trunk lot as some of my earlier posted EGAs, and was untouched since 1920. As far as I know, I think the Model 1912 Bell Crown served no later than 1920.
Edited by ADMIN, 01 March 2008 - 04:03 PM.
Posted 15 September 2007 - 10:23 AM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 12:43 PM
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