By USMCR, Colonel John A. Driscoll
For the previous century the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor logo has been the emblem of the U.S. Marines. the aim of this research is to discover and describe the advance of the logo and to supply scholars of Marine Corps background with a reference for its show at the variety of uniforms worn by way of Marines because 1868. proof of logos or adorns ascribed to the Marine Corps are available in correspondence as early as 1804 which refers to a brass eagle on a sq. plate being worn, whereas an octagonal brass plate embossed with an eagle, foul anchor, drums, flags, and so on. was once worn throughout the interval of the battle of 1812. next early units contain a gold plate with a gold eagle for put on with the officer's full-dress of 1821, whereas on four November 1834 an order prescribed a brass eagle "measuring from 3 to 3 and one-half inches from one extremity of the wing to the other", for put on on caps. in the course of the early a part of 1840, the undress hats of either officials and enlisted males displayed gold wreaths encircling the letters "U.S.M." a number of months later, a blue textile cap with black patent leather-based visor and "with a nasty anchor of gold, in a gold wreath in entrance" was once prescribed for officials no longer in full-dress uniform. In 1859 one other decoration was once followed - a yellow steel huntinghorn, during which was once positioned a white steel letter ''M". For the full-dress cap, the bugle with "M" was once fastened on a U.S. guard which was once worn including a laurel wreath. either safeguard and wreath have been of yellow steel. The decoration for the undress cap consisted of the yellow steel (or gold embroidered) bugle with the white steel (or silver) letter "M" whereas the decoration worn at the Officer's epaulette consisted of a superb silver bugle with a great silver or plated "M". because the bugle of the 1859 decoration heavily resembled the insignia of the U. S. military infantry of that interval, a step was once taken in 1867 to supply the Marine Corps with a really detailed equipment. An order dated 2 could of that yr directed that an decoration such as a "silver Western Hemisphere with gold continents and surmounted by way of a silver eagle" be worn at the officer's undress cap. This order used to be short-lived, besides the fact that, because it used to be unexpectedly revoked on five June 1867. eventually, in November 1868, an "Eagle, Globe and Anchor" decoration used to be prescribed, which regardless of numerous alterations in layout, dimension and colour, has survived the succeeding century unchanged in idea even if during the last a hundred years this brand has been displayed on such goods as plane, belt plates, flags, guidons, helmet covers, reliable correspondence and guides, saddle cloths, tie clasps and application garments, this research bargains purely with the steel uniform decoration, its alterations, and the item of uniform garments on which it's been worn.