I don't like discussing expensive and/or rare emblems for the obvious reasons. I'll tell you what I know. As far as the officer dress type "Gooneys," they have always been extremely, extremely rare with a few in collector's hands or in the possession of museums. This pattern emblem was very unpopular with Marines in the 1930's because of the "Gooney" looking bird (1st hand account by a living 1930's Marine I know), so I don't believe there was a very big demand for them, especially by officer's who had to purchase their own emblems. In the last decade or so, the exact same emblems Darrell and Steve posted have been showing up with allot more frequency, because, I believe, they are so very rare and they demand huge bucks. Also because there is big demand for them by collectors because of the "China Marine" connection?? I'm still trying to figure out that particular connection, but I guess it's a good selling point on eBay. The emblems in question are good copies, but I don't believe they come close to the originals. A close EGA collecting friend and I discussed these some years ago and noted the obvious flaws and a couple of not so obvious flaws. The known originals are die stamped with crisp, sharp edges, these are cast with that waxy or smooth butter appearance. As Darrell has already pointed out, the globe and attached continents aren't the right type for this pattern. The finish on the very thick and not very well applied continents and anchors look more like something from a late 1950's-early 1960's emblem, with a fake gold wash and not the rolled gold or 1/20th G.F. you should find on other officer's emblems of the same 1930's period. Some have suggested British or Chinese made. The British made Gaunt <?> emblems of this type, I'm told, are even better than the US made emblems, so I don't believe these would come close to being those. I can't say for sure because I've never seen a Gaunt emblem of this type, but Gaunt made some real beauties in other patterns, so why not these? As for Chinese made? It would certainly fit the "China Marine" mystique, but exactly when were they made? 75 years ago or 10, 15 or 20 years ago?
As for the not so obvious flaws, please feel free to PM me and I'll share with you, but I'd like to keep them under wraps for as long as possible and see if the guy who is popping these out catches his mistakes. My gut feeling is eBay seller USNUSA has something to do with them, or has access to the source.
Let me make myself perfectly clear here. These are only my opinions from collecting EGA's for the past 25+ years and from gathered knowledge from collectors who know allot more than me, but I guarantee you that if one of these dress cover birds pops out of an attributed Marine grouping, I'll be the first to apologize. I just don't think I'll have to!
After rereading my post and realizing, as Jeremiah puts it, that I just posted another Old Testament reply, sorry! I'm a long winded old fart, but these emblems are worthy of way more discussion.
Edited by teufelhunde.ret, 07 August 2007 - 09:40 AM.