Our son lives in the Bay Area and has been telling us about some of the antique shows out there. Guess we need to visit him more! The only drawback to the "sweetheart" theory is that it is a starboard or right side emblem. Every sweetheart piece I have ever seen has been for the port or left side, as should be. Sweetheart EGA's should always have the anchor facing left as in the Marine Corps seal. With that said, and from your photos, this new emblem does appear to be stamped, not cast and identical to the bronze emblem. From the photos, it certainly looks like the way a Luke should be made. BTW - I did have a Luke made Army Nurse emblem that had Melbourne spelled out completely and, because of the source, I know that one was good. The offset stamping of the HM bothered me, but if you say that is normal for Luke insignia, it's just bonus knowledge for me! I respect your knowledge and expertise in metal insignia, especially Commonwealth made insignia, so if your gut feelings tell you this is made by or like other Luke insignia you have, there must be some explanation for it. Can you tell me if there are any traces or signs of a gold wash to the continents or anchor? While I have never seen, or even heard of dress emblems made by Luke for the Marines, I'm wondering if this emblem might not have been from a set for the dress uniform? Many of the US makers used gold wash during WWII that rubbed off with a few polishings, so why not Luke? To other EGA collectors, this might be a farfetched theory, but until this type of emblem either floods the market in the future, or pops up in a veterans attributed estate, I'll respect your judgement call on it. It would be nice if someone came up with a wartime Luke sample board or catalog, and an emblem like this was on it, wouldn't it?
Edited by teufelhunde.ret, 15 March 2008 - 05:43 AM.