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  1. No, that's machine fretting. Hand fretting was largely replaced in the mid-late 30s
  2. Pattern 1920 enlisted, first true enlisted collar emblem ever used. Used in the 20s into the 30s
  3. I'd say 1950s or later...appears to be the P1956 emblem, but image is too small to see details. An emblem in 1921 would have used both latitude and longitude...this was the norm into the 30s
  4. I looked at that, as well as the Walsh Trophy badge, thinking maybe the curvatures were washed out by the light...but this thing just looks too perfectly straight edged so I have my doubts
  5. Historic Aerials is a great resource to find hunting grounds. They have aerial photos dating back to the 40s and 50s, showing changes over the years Keep in mind that it is against the law to take artifacts off military installations. Everything we find on the Camp goes into a shadow box in the CP
  6. Another forum member pointing this out in a photo in my collection...an unknown rectangular badge beside the rifle expert badge. It's surely got to be a competition award, but doesn't match any USMC badge of the era I know of. I'm thinking maybe from a sister service competition? Can anyone wager a good guess? Photo was taken in China, Christmas 1925
  7. nice luck I have tried off and on for years and had little luck with finding militaria, with the exception of some WWII and KW era brass on my camp. I even tried in Norway with a CMD...which was a huge mistake, as the CMD penetrates way too deep and I ended up digging deep often and for naught. I have had more luck finding relics on the surface than metal detecting...walking through the stream that cuts through base, magnet fishing the river...but there's treasure out there to be found
  8. I said that it was earliest the 50s because that's when numbers went into effect, and estimated 60s. Seeing the finish now, I'd say late 60s/early 70s production, but surplus stocks were still being issued into the 80s. I was issued a 1985 dated French Fourragere in 2007...sometimes the stuff kicks around warehouses for a spell It doesn't really matter if it was made in the 50s, 60s, or 70s...it doesn't change the value and would still be appropriate on a cap of any of those decades
  9. I was mostly wondering if it was an original 1940s government strike (PX replacement, etc) vs something done much later/re-ribboned What's Adam's site?
  10. They could, but the archives might not be operating mid-COVID. At least not for requests. For early competitive shooting, a phenomenal resource is Barde's "Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship'. Expect to pay around $80 when you can even find it, however with enough patience you may snag it for $50 The book confirms he went Distinguished in rifle in 1931. It also confirms him being on the winning team for the Elliot Trophy in 1935 on the Quantico team. His team and their scores: Capt WW Davidson (275) 1LT IM Bethel (281) Cpl RB McMahill (273) Cpl BC Williby (273) It's interesting to note that he added the EGA to the Elliott badge. Here's an image of the actual trophy: I used to be heavy into marksmanship stuff when I was working as a coach and PMI. Over the years, as the Marine Corps used the hell out of my quals, I got tired of sucking yard line and largely sold/traded most of my stuff except the better badges and competition related stuff. I once owned the campaign and leg medals of Donald R Rusk, however his Distinguished badges were missing and I always suspected they were smelted for scrap long ago. That's the problem with the gold marked early Distinguished Badges...you have to hope they survived a century without seeing the smelter
  11. Picked this up a month or two back...always wanted one and original presentation strike is certainly never going to happen The suspension is not as bulbous as the early slot-back replacements, but the planchet seems to have nice honest patina. Not a big medal guy...what do you guys think? 1940s official strike, re-ribboned replacement, collector restrike junk?
  12. That price is a song for an original Distinguished Badge, engraved and of the era. Phenomenal badges... Williby was also a China Marine
  13. Brig

    Remembering Bobgee

    This one's a punch in the gut during an already rough 2020. I have long held that collectors of named items better be willing to put the time and effort into researching them, otherwise they are not really custodians of history, but tourists. And something worth doing is worth doing right-it's not enough to gather a few interesting snippets-not when there's a story to tell. And there's always a story to tell. Bob loved finding and telling those stories. Not only did he have many historically exciting items, but he spent the time and effort to not only discover the stories, but to assemble them in depth and share them with the world. He was a true historian-collector, and was a major influence in the way many of us Marine Corps collectors approach the hobby. But, to me, the memory that says the most about Bob is not any of the items he owned or the histories he told. I never explicitly posted any of my promotions on the forum, just updated my signature block over the years. My signature text is neither big nor bold. Somehow...EVERY SINGLE TIME...Bob was the first to notice this and congratulate me. 12 years, 4 ranks, and he was first to them all. That says a lot about Bob...his attention to detail, his enthusiasm for the organization that he himself served in starting so long ago, and his equal respect towards all people regardless of their role in life...Bob epitomized our institutions core values and our mantra of "once a Marine, always a Marine". I can only hope that Bob and Gary are up there tying one on together and swapping sea stories between their shifts on post.
  14. Love these unofficial medals...Barrier one is tough to find
  15. Well, there's only three reference books on EGAs...one is decades old, the other two were all heavily contributed to by several forum members...so I think you've come to the right place
  16. Definite put-together...evidence is stacked against it. The Marine didn't muster in until 43, the dates are later than I'd expect to see on an Iceland used overcoat, and the patch is not the style associated with 1st Provisional Brigade
  17. We still use the exact same pattern Is there a number on the back of the wing? If so, I'd place it circa Vietnam. If not, I'd place it at post-Vietnam. 3 digit numbers were manufacturer contract numbers that went into effect in the 50s. Patina/finish of this puts it a earliest the 60s
  18. It would depend on the glass used...plenty of corner cutters out there, if you don't know who installed the skylight I'd look into the glass
  19. Hell...Peter Pace wore P37 H&H Imperial collar birds in his official portrait...of course he was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time... He also wore H&H dress collars...which I would bet were 50s/60s stock by the luster. I've heard he's an EGA collector, but how extensively I don't know
  20. Depends. These days, one would absolutely be expected to go out overnight if a uniform item changed and purchase it. However there's also a transition period, where you're allowed to wear out your items for a period so you're not just throwing out good stuff, and so that the supply chain has the time to catch the service up. These days it's usually a 1-3 year period, depending on the item in question. If you look at official portraits from the 60s and 70s, it's fairly common to see higher ranking officers still wearing their WWII era emblems. However, the only collectors I know who will put them on a post 62 uniform only do so if they have a photo that the Marine who owned that particular uniform did so.
  21. How did I miss these?!? Phenomenal...just phenomenal Dirk!
  22. This pattern Gemsco cover is accepted as post-WWII/Korea Collar emblems are going to be dependent on hallmarks...could also be Korea
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