Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:57 AM
There was not an item dated past 1921 in the footlocker contents in which this emblem came. The locker was so fresh, I doubt it was opened from the day Williamson hung it up until the day it was auctioned a few years back. In the locker were 3 mint bell crowns (white, service, and blue), 3 dress white coat/pant sets, 3 tropical coat/pant sets, 1 dress blue set, 2 dress hat emblems, 2 sets of dress collar insignia, 2 sets of service collar insignia, one overseas cap, his medals, his ROTC insignia, a 1917 1st Officer Basic Yardlong photo, and a stack of orders, correspondence and photos. The insignia is well worn and was obtained by Williamson, without a doubt, between 1917-1921. He had no other service beyond that timeframe. I will post a photo of him tonight that looks to have this emblem on his campaign hat. I will also post a photo of all insignia that came from the trunk. It is not very often that a time capsule is unsealed, but that is what the trunk was, an untouched Marine Officer's trunk from the WW1 era. I am confident that all of the insignia are at least P1914s and were purchased/obtained no later than 1921.
I believe that the construction of many of the early EGAs dont follow any such pattern delineated in the regs, whether it be fretted or chased, 7 lines or 9, or applied and outlined. From the inception of this insignia, the construction of EGAs has disobeyed all regulations and makers were free, for the most part, to do as they wished in regards to construction, material, design, and method of attachment. The regs were vague, they provided dimensions, and served as a guideline via a hand drawn black outlined diagram from which an artist worked. The regs left room for ambiguity everywhere, and with no Marine Corps quality control system in the realm of private purchased insignia, artists were free to work the canvis differently. I will be posting many more insignia, that buck the regs at every turn. The proof in this piece is in its provenance of having come from such a fine un-touched footlocker.