I have two MP Brassards that I'd like to date:
(1) Likely USMC example that's wool-on-wool, approx. 3-3.5" width, sewn applique construction with yellow M and P (no periods) on a scarlet band. No closure buttons, snaps etc. -- designed to be pinned or sewn on. Looks very old with mothing in spots. I've seen sufficient WW2 pics showing the Marines using the Army style white-on-blue brassard with and without periods and I believe they went to yellow/scarlet after WW2. Is it possible this band is pre-WW2 however?
(2) Possible WWI example that's coarse wool-on-wool, approx. 4.5" width, sewn applique construction with black M and P (no periods) on a red band. Has two short closure straps (same cloth as the band) that are cinched by two black japanned European trouser buckles crudely sewn to the band. Back has light red polished cotton lining that shows old age separations. If this isn't WWI era I'll be surprised...?
Your thoughts are appreciated.