The eagle has been replaced and no longer identical to the early 1912 pattern; the ornamental chasing on the globe and the anchor appears identical. The collar emblem is a pin back w/ a locking "C" clasp. The emblem shown is marked up side down on the back of the eagle.
I have seen the Gemsco pattern with screw back and open clasp during this period. What I would like to know; did Gemsco produce both, based on the preference of the Marine; or the period of uniform; or if the tailor of the uniform has provisioned for a screwback? This Gemsco emblem appears to have been produced in the early 20's and very well likely worn by the Officer throughout their entire career.
Gary's post of last evening depicts the earliest of the pattern (1904) collar w/ c-clasp. Will follow up w/ screw post model soon.
I am seeking a mate for this emblem, all offers considered.
Edited by teufelhunde.ret, 26 November 2007 - 12:24 PM.