Edited by Dirk, 03 December 2019 - 01:54 PM.
Wearing Khaki:Post-Boxer Rebellion Marine Officer or Enlisted?
Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:53 PM
Posted 03 December 2019 - 03:09 PM
So again, my take anyway is that this is either an EM wearing a borrowed army tunic (the army khaki tunics of this time frame had four pockets, even for EMs) or an officer (wish we could see the braid or lack of on the hat). The Marine in this photo is wearing probably the star vent campaign hat (model 1902) with the ega moved to the front (which was done sometime after the Boxer rebellion, after 1900), and in my opinion in part to get the ega off of the star vent. Have no idea what that collar disc could be in the photo though. I dont think the idea of a borrowed army tunic is too far fetched. I have an interesting period photo included in the thread above showing a Marine Officer wearing a campaign hat with screen vents, a rare item seen on a Marine but far more popular with army officers of that period. I have read there were local tailors to help meet demands and many supply issues for Marines and soldiers serving in the Philippines during this time frame. Kevin
Edited by warguy, 03 December 2019 - 03:12 PM.
Posted 03 December 2019 - 04:52 PM
Hi, I agree with warguy that the Marine is wearing a borrowed Army tunic. I also agree with him that I think it was not an uncommon occurrence, especially given the supply issues he mentioned. Awesome portrait!
Posted 03 December 2019 - 06:04 PM
Posted 06 December 2019 - 06:24 PM
Always great to see this one. As I said over lunch, I think it might be a button on the collar, possibly cuff button.
Posted 07 December 2019 - 01:04 AM
Never have been convinced the photos I’ve seen, are of buttons. A quick glance shows the device on the collar is larger than the pocket buttons. Another indication is the dome on the buttons is more pronounced that the collar device. I’m also not convinced the jacket buttons are USMC, those seen here simply look different from the high dome period buttons seen on actual USMC/Navy jackets of the era.
Posted 07 December 2019 - 06:14 AM
D I think your right not a button....under magnification a possible eagle wing emerges but beyond that can't tell....still a mystery image
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