So, I finally found one of the items I was looking for (but not all). In this case, we have a 2 inch Bell pattern wing--I think even Cliff would agree this is a Bell attributable-pattern?
If you look at the 2 inch shirt size Bell patterns you find that MOST of the wings have a raised STERLING mark, but some small precentage (~20-25%--mostly in the pilot patterns) have stamped STERLING mark. In some of those, you find a few with the STERLING with the upside G, as in this example. You can see, the "BELL" wing is marked pretty much the same was as some of the 1 inch and 3 inch Walter Lampl Wings! Not PROOF, of course, that these two wings were made by the same outfit, but not, strictly speaking, fantasy-fever dreams of an over caffeinated wing collector with access ot the internet either!
The 3 inch Bell wings (and the other questionable wing), as far as I can recall seeing, ALL have excised STERLING markes (except for a few that have COIN SILVER).
So, in summary....some of the facts show that:
You sometimes find the 1 inch sweetheart wings marked with Walter Lampl's hallmark AND a STERLING with upside down G.
You sometimes find the 3 inch Juarez wings marked with Wlater Lampl's hallmark and a STERLING with upside down G.
You sometimes find the 3 inch Juarez wings marked with COIN SILVER.
You sometimes find the 2 inch Bell wing marked with a STERLING with upside down G.
You sometimes find the 3 inch (2nd pattern?) bell wing marked with COIN SILVER.
Both of the Bell? wings have almost identicle STERLING marks, pins and findings as well as very similar quality finish and construction.
The Juarez and Bell wings can be traced (more or less) to SW USA or Mexico.
There may be a Bell marked 1 inch sweetheart wing in the same pattern as the 1 inch WL marked wing (but I cannot currently find a picture so this is a pending fact).
I am probably wrong and someone will correct me, but that is why I have always kind of thought that the Juarez, Bell and the other Bell(?) were made by the same company.
Frankly, other than these wings, I don't EVER recall seeing another wing with a STERLING mark where the G was upside down. To me, this says that it is more than likely the same stamps were being used on very similar wings. In fact, if you compare the Lample and Bell wings... you see that the stamp even has the same defect on the inside leg of the "N"!
Edited by pfrost, 02 March 2014 - 02:50 PM.