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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 07/03/2003 07:29:35 EDT
Subject: RE: Check THIS out?!

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Yes, this is the family of USA insignia of "branch" ref'd as "1853." My impression (MY impression) is that the wreath is overdone (too bushy) with the significant device squeezed in, whereas the emphasis should be the reverse. The torch is the "classic" rather than the Myer-style (thinner pole, metal torch offset at end) and appears to me to simply be the modern USA sig corps insignia superimposed on the ready-wreath.
My impression is that the separation of the EM flags is excessive--the arc too wide--but it would be worth checking with a protractor one of the true originals. Again, it looks to me as if they took the full modern insignia and removed the torch (which would leave a wider arc), rather than research originals. ("Other than that... .)
Look in "Echoes of Glory" (Union), p. 179; "Military Images," XXIII No. 3, Nov/Dec 2001, p. 11. In the Osprey Men-at-Arms #179 (Staff, Specialist and Maritime Services), plate C3, the device is wrong--poles too short, flags too large, arc (I believe) too wide. We've had several postings here about these things, you might want to do a search.
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