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  1. I had taken a few years off, but the website is back up with items for sale being added daily. Many of you have dealt with me under the E-bay handle USMCAVIATOR and USMCANTIQUES. This is a great source for historical USMC militaria. The EGA section is under maintenance and will be back online this year. I am always looking to buy and sell collections and EGAs. Take a look: www.eagleglobeandanchor.com S/F, Mike
  2. I just picked up some of this Marine's medals. Any idea if more is out there? Mike
  3. Korean War to early 1960's era. Value, I'd expect $125-150 for the collars and $150-175 on the hat. Nice to find on very nice cards like this. Mike
  4. Yes, WW1 era. Those insignia were worn from 1912-1920. That 2 inch high standing collar of the uniform is also another tell-tale giveaway of a WW1 era uniform. Mike
  5. I miss that group and wonder what else may be "out there" related to Angstadt. When I first acquired it, the fellow who purchased it said that their were some additional items that were not for sale at the estate liquidation. A couple years later I happened across his riding trophy and horse tack, so I suspect more is out there related to him. Mike
  6. I bought one of these in 2002 from the squadron S-5 when I was attached to the Gunfighters, one of the Captain's had a father who was with the unit during Vietnam and I think he had some made commemoratively a few years before. I have no idea where he procured them, but mine looks a lot like this.
  7. Thank you Jeremiah and Bob. Very humbled to have celebrated my career with Dirk and these fine gentlemen. A great and fun day. Mike
  8. Dirk, It was awesome to be a part of it with you. You are on your way to becoming a "seasoned" show guy, a regular ol' BobGee! The display was magnificent and the comments from those passing by matched. It is hard to make a dent in the "gun show" when it comes to recognition of a display such as this, but maybe we can grow it next year? I just need to stop selling my stuff! Maybe we can get the Gunny and the USMC Historical bubbas to dress the part of the China Marine and hang around for a full immersion experience?! Bring in a rickshaw for kids rides? Serve up some UB? My ideas ar
  9. Great find Dirk, glad you were able to snatch it up at the show! Mike
  10. Follow-up, I looked in June-Dec 1946 Leatherneck and couldn't find the article, but I know I've seen it somewhere in Leatherneck. Below is the text from the article pulled from Marine Corps Association website. I did find it in my Chevron bound copy for 1946, photo of article attached. Best, Mike ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Operation Alcatraz By PFC Robert Prosser Marines were called when a band of this country's worst cutthroats made a frantic bid for freedom Lying offshore in the early evening light, the 20 Marines in the PC
  11. Nice pin! It is of a pattern that existed as far back as WW1, however was made well into the 1940's and 1950's (ways to tell is material, craftsmanship/construction, method of suspension, maker, etc). Yours is the latter, and does indeed look like a sweetheart piece based of the odd placement of the pin. Value... probably around $40? Hope this helps you. Mike
  12. A 1946 Leatherneck detailed all the action to include mentioning some of the Marines that took part. I'll have to see if I can find it....Think I also have it in USMC Chevron Newspaper. I think I also have photos of the frag marks on the deck of the cell house where the Marines dropped grenades on the rioters from the vents on the rooftop. Mike
  13. There are three "books" on the subject. 1. The longest standing work was done by Col John Driscoll, as an official Marine Corps Museum Technical Monograph Series (number one) for the 100 year anniversary of the insignia. It is titled "The Eagle Globe and Anchor 1868-1968" and it is readily available on open source internet. It was, at the time, the best study conducted, however only used items from the then still growing USMC collection. Photos are black and white and copies of copies have made many pictures very pixelated. If you can get a copy of the original 1971 release, it is wor
  14. It is a mid-1930's production of the enlisted dress hat device. Patterned after the official insignia adopted by change of 1925. The design was widely not accepted by Marines and the Corps continued to contract earlier style hat devices for issue. Manufacturers however, in an attempt to prescribe to the "official insignia", sold the device as private purchase. This emblem has the manufacturer of Hilborn Hamburger. By 1937 a new insignia was adopted and manufacturers retooled their dies in an attempt to bid for government contracts. It is widely sought after by collectors, however they see
  15. Ken, Also.....shots of the correct dual prong fasteners found on the earliest versions of the 1892 helmet devices. This one is attributed to a Marine starting service around 1894, I believe (going off memory). I think you can see the similarities with your bronze insignia. S/F, Mike
  16. Ken, Here are some photos of a recent piece that I picked up at the MAX show last year. While it is an officer piece of high gilt and silver flash, officer 1892 devices were cut from the exact same dies as enlisted insignia. Hopefully, you can see the slight "curve" I refer to, especially in the southern latitudes. They are slightly angled to conform to the curvature of the globe. I cant be exactly sure, but it looks like your two pieces have this, which from my decades of study, is correct for period pieces. Reproductions have latitudes that are perfectly straight across the globe, as i
  17. Bob, Yes! I had not heard of this maker or seen an example. Just goes to show you that stuff still "pops" up and never say never when it comes to EGAs!! Tim, Again, nice snag and thanks for posting. Hope one day to see a set! S/F, Mike
  18. Ken, I like it. I am pretty sure you have a rarely seen bronze saddle blanket insignia. The weights of mine differ somewhat due to construction material and mounting attachment, but are all .8 -.9 oz, (heaviest was weighed with proper securing nut). I am sure your darker one is a tad bit heavier due to the length of the prongs and 4 attachment points. Mike
  19. Oh, and here is something that the other tour guides won't tell you......the dual prong configuration, as seen here, is exactly in line with authentic "first pattern" 1892 dress EGA versions, which are very seldom seen. I picked up my first attributed 1892 dress helmet prong-backed EGA last year to a Marine that served starting in 1894. Albeit, it uses three attachment points. I think it would make perfect sense for this metal insignia to have an additional mounting point, being on a saddle blanket. This is probably one of the reasons it was easier to use leather insignia, which the Corps
  20. Tim, Yeah, I see the solder in those spots, and I assume it is lead solder. My thoughts, solder isn't used for pin attachments on jeweler quality sets, and the angle those two points make are more in line of the angle like we see on the 1940's-1950's sweetheart (HH) pieces for pin attachment. Are the existing protruding pins "pins" or screw posts? Can't tell. Mike
  21. Ken, It depends on angle of photography, these are hard to tell in the photos given. I always go by certain "tells" one of the most important, being the lines of latitude. On all real examples, the lines curve with the globe, fakes/repos (for now) all stay straight across the globe. It's kind of hard to explain, but if you had repo and real one in your hand, you would see exactly what I am talking about. So depending on how they are photographed the latitude line "tell" can't be easily assessed. All other on the dress one looks good to me, will validate weights of my known authentic
  22. Tim, I would initially think this a sweetheart piece. To my eye, it doesn't appear to ever have had a standard known method of attachment for uniform wear and lacks quality finishing detail. There is at least one other WW1 era collar size EGA (in dress) that purely seems to have existed for attachment to a sweetheart piece or buckle and only made in one side. I know Fred Bruier covered it in his book, with maker, and I have it on a buckle (it shows unique details to the continents). I would not be surprised to see these in a set, as one thing I have learned is to never say never, but give
  23. I have many USMC EGA devices with the Meyer maker mark reversed.
  24. Both put together uniforms, mixture of fake, fantasy and very little authentic. Strange color of collar on the second uniform and GySgt chevrons. Best thing is the EGA collar disk. Worth about $100-125. The rest, I'd run away from. Summation of authentic parts value is about $300. Who is trying to sell these poor humped up things? Mike
  25. All things change. Who remembers the A-2 flight jackets going to Japan? As both a seller and collector (I sell and buy heavily to and from OCONUS and CONUS) and one who is often accused of breaking up lots, I opine that if your personal beliefs on seeing things stay in America are strong enough to get you upset, you simply need to step up and pay more than our foreign counterparts who now have equal access to the market (online auctions and shows). As the world market opens up (the world isn't quite so big anymore), technology and banging economies allow virtually anyone access and abil
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