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    Need help from the old salts or historians identifying this

    The attached image is of a World War II era EGA pin - while it is not a uniform item, it looks like maybe a pin given to a wife or girlfriend. It came from a friend who had an uncle who was a Marine WWII veteran, and he asked me for assistance figuring out if this is "anything" or just costume jewelry.

    It does say "Sterling" on the back.

    Anyone recognize this or have any ideas where I might be able to get some more info?


    Thanks

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    If it says Sterling on the back my guess is that it is jewelry. I never heard of the MC issuing the EGA's in silver Mike.


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    There are a number of people on the EBAY historical section who may be able to identify the pin or direct you to more info.

    http://forums.ebay.com/db1/forum/His...Memorabilia/26


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    Thanks Dan - done!

    Russ - some of the shiney stuff they made us occifers purchase (not issued) was certainly pricey enough to be sterling!


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    It,s not Marine Corps as it doesnt have the fouled anchor.


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    ROPEEntwined about the anchor is braided rope. Both rope and anchors were part of the embroidered patch; onto which the eagle and globe were secured on original officer insignia. Fouled anchors originate with the British Royal Navy, who used them on common naval buttons.

    Rope was featured on U.S.M.C. officer and enlisted headgear ornaments, beginning in 1868. Rope was added to enlisted collar devices in 1955, but was not part of officer collar devices until 1962.



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    Quote Originally Posted by advanced View Post
    If it says ........................
    Sterling on the back ...............................................
    my guess is that it is jewelry....................................
    I never heard of the MC issuing the EGA's in silver Mike.
    Not to be overly specific on this STERLING on the back was common for
    some badges used by the USMC..........

    Case in point........

    Shooting badges in the 1963 era, *the sharpshooter badge did indeed have the word
    "Sterling" embossed into/onto it.........You could see TONS of them in LISBON portugal , on the chests of "Local Ladies of the Night" blouses...When it was our last day in port, and they had been told the medals were "Sterling Silver" (Check it out) would the US Government lie to you ladies ????

    I forget what silver was worth then, and the exchange rates,, But them ladies even
    gave change back for the rate if they was paid in "Sterling"/ Sharpshooter badge.

    that memory is better than candy bars for a nickle

    Thanks Marine


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    In Naha Oki, a sharpshooters badge, got you a massage, steam bath and blow job. Or 750 yen on the street.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Palmer View Post
    It,s not Marine Corps as it doesnt have the fouled anchor.
    The rope has not always been on the EGA...

    http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/sh...obe-and-Anchor


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    Mike, I moved the Thread to Uniform U where it belongs. When Sgt. Lep gets back he will see it and he is the Authority on this subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Palmer View Post
    It,s not Marine Corps as it doesnt have the fouled anchor.
    Ed, your profile isn't much help on guessing your age.
    or relitive dates in the Corps.

    Be advised that the Fouling on the EGA was added
    sometime after the Second World War.
    I used to have a dozen un-fouled Collar devices,
    Left and Right sides.


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