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#1 Brig

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 06:19 PM

Not quite sure as to the era on this one. I'm thinking it's a Model 1937 based off that lack of latitude lines, and the design seems to remind you of Meyers, Gemsco, and H&H models kind of combined. However, the thickness of the continents reminds me of the M26 H&H Officer droop winged models. I think it's a model 37, but probably predates the war itself.

Notice the bold eagle, and the cross bar on the rear, which is NOT attached to the anchor itself. Also, notice hat Cuba is on the continents! This seems to support Bobgee's argument in our recent discussion that most companies excluded Cuba for construction, it was not just an enlisted thing. BB&B chose to incorporate it. Rear of the emblem is marked BB&B and Bronze

Any other opinions as to era? Very nice piece, and a welcome addition to the collection

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 06:19 PM

couple more

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 10:21 PM

Brig,
Nice scarce piece. I would agree with you on your date. I have a set of these that came from a WW2 Marine officer that entered service during the war. Your example looks like it has been painted black, or dark brown on top of it's natural bronze finish. Mine are a natural bronze finish (with maybe a dark wash) but definately not painted, and marked just as yours. This version definately has a unique appearance with the high standing continents and very evident Cuba. Yours is only the second example I have ever seen of this version. I am wondering if a matching hat device with the same prominent Cuban island was made. Have fun looking for its match!

Semper,
Mike

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 03:35 AM

Very nice piece, Tim. I concur as well that it's likely a pre-war M1937. If it were mine I think I would strip off the black paint. It looks like "EMNEW" (spelling) that used to be around inthe 50s & 60s to spiff up your emblems. Do they still have it in the PX?
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:55 AM

Congrat's Tim - I was too busy with business to watch let alone bid. You got a steal - given what Mike has mentioned. At least you are young enough to have a shot at finding a mate some day. The applied continents appear remarkably thick in comparison to other from the era. Only a guess here - from what Mike says - perhaps these were a salesman sample that were shown to outfitters & BB&B never went into full production... makes sense. Great catch! s/f Darrell

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 04:39 PM

indeed, Em-Nu is still available. any ideas how to remove it without ruining the original finish?

thanks for the comments guys! I'd love to find a cover version, as well.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:13 PM

indeed, Em-Nu is still available. any ideas how to remove it without ruining the original finish?

thanks for the comments guys! I'd love to find a cover version, as well.


I would try a little nail polish remover on a cue tip on the back for a test. Since the emblem is bronze I don't think you'll have a problem getting down to the original finish. Now, it's your emblem so you decide. Others might say just leave it the way it is. My 2-cents! Semper Fi......Bob

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 05:01 PM

the rear has no paint to test...maybe the thich continent side that cannot be seen straight on

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Posted 05 August 2009 - 08:03 PM

Beautiful EGA's gentlemen!

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