USMC Bullion Bugle Insignia
Posted 04 June 2011 - 12:32 PM
while not an EGA, I figured this was the suitable sub-forum. This one has me stumped. VERY old, musty smelling, and does not glow under the UV light. Bullion is highly oxidized, the 'M' looks quality. The only thing that's throwing me for a loop are the plastic looking 'washers'. While I'm aware that plastic was invented in 1856, it wasn't unveiled until 1962 and the attempt at mass production was 1866 by the Parkesine Company, and the endeavor failed. I don't know if plastic would have made it onto period insignia. Regardless, this is a very old piece. If a repro, due to lack of UV reaction, I'd have to say it's at least 50 years old. Any opinions would be more than welcome
Posted 04 June 2011 - 01:01 PM
This is just a wild-a$$ guess, but there was a material used in the mid-19th century for a variety of purposes called gutta-percha. It could look like "plastic" in some of its uses. Various Civil War era items were made from it. Here's a link from Wikipedia:
I have no idea if that's what your "washers" are made from or not. Just an idea...
That insignia does look pretty old to my untrained eye.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 01:04 PM
Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:10 AM
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:37 PM
There just was not that many Civil War Marine officers around and surviving pieces are extremely rare. I suspect that these were made some time ago, or are Paki made within the last 40 years. The little things that you say look like plastic, are just that, plastic pieces that have had the gold come off. Gutta Percha is stretching it big time IMHO. Pretty sure at the time of the Civil War the best and most intricate they could get with it was buttons and Dag/CDV cases. Normally, I think these little discs were thinly flattened discs made of metal.
Posted 14 October 2011 - 08:37 AM
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