In 1920 the summer service garrison cap became a standard item of the sea bag and both officers and enlisted began the use of the standard collar emblem as authorized in 1920. These French made devices were then retired from use. Thus these pieces have some degree of rarity, given the number of Officer’s on the muster roles of the period. Although it was common practice for all Marines to wear emblems (which were serviceable) after the period of introduction of a new pattern, its highly unlikely these were worn once the Corps entered the 20’s
Some may likely not view these emblems as being attractive. However the French manufactures produced an elegant pattern, which bears the accepted pattern of the period. And continued in the production of highly detailed period pieces well into the WW2 period. Thus, this emblem has a prominent place in the history and development of the Eagle, Globe & Anchor.
The emblem shown here carries the styling which originated in the rare period pieces of the late 19th century. Its charm is depicted in the heavy weight and styling features including a heavily detailed eagle and wings outlined in with individual feathers in a stacked manner. And an anchor and flukes that nearly wrap the continent, and reach to the wing tip of the eagle. On the rear a unique "C" clip is used featuring a drop pin to hold the pin in place. A very desirable period original of WW1.
Edited by teufelhunde.ret, 11 July 2007 - 09:20 AM.