Been awhile since I've found an EGA worth discussing here that we haven't discussed multiple times...
Picked up this emblem last week. The photos had a ton of flash wash and I thought it was an officer service or dress emblem with all the finish washed off. Turns out to be a very interesting bird, indeed.
Single piece construction typical of enlisted emblems, and all gold typical of enlisted dress emblems, however the size and detail are that which we'd expect on an officer emblem. Obviously the pin fell off and was replaced by clutches long ago. One one wing is marked 'H.H. Chandler', and on the other wing, faintly and visible with a lope, is 'Charlestown'. Searching the forum, I was only able to find a belt buckle made by this firm.
This isn't the first time we've seen a large collar type emblem in enlisted gold...we are all familiar with this pattern:
There has long been speculation that the above was a private purchase enlisted collar emblem, as we have seen both sides and these have popped up in pairs. However, I have also seen theories that officers wore these, which seems odd to me that an officer would dare wear all gold emblems.
Not quite sure on this one, but it is an interesting bird