"Aviation Wings and Badges of World War II"
This wing is a wing that stands apart from all others in the unique three-tiered formation of the fletching and shoulders, the artistic attention to all the fletching flowing in a curved spread, with all fletching in concatenated symmetry, from the Shield in a strong and unified flow. But the central power and strength of the insignia is the masculine, squared off escutcheon, a shield of atypical large-size and a PERFECT linear presentation of the pallets in the pale of the Shield and the horizontal bars in the chief of the shield. From this strong and martial foundation, the flow of the fletching is exemplary in its 3 tiered formation, the top tier being the shoulder and the bottom 2 tiers the double layers of fletching with the distant row of fletching the lowest tier using the face of the shield as the standard of the high point. There is a light sweep to the rear at the tips of the wings which adds to the overall experience but is not noticeable unless viewed on a flat plane from the top or the bottom.
The wing is constructed in silver plated brass which the counterfeits I have seen completely overlooked. The wing has a "color" to the silver which is duller than the typical comprehensive sterling wing. To view the wing in a picture is a totally different experience than to view the wing in person, even more so than other wings that I have had the privilege of personally handling. I will never exhaust fascination with the nuanced individuality of this wing. One of the most unique and artistically brilliant aspects of this wing is the sinister side wing extended flair of the tip, out to the sinister side and with an extended vertical sweep. This adds to the wings outstanding ambience.
I have noted the brass peeking through in the Dexter wingtip with a red circle. I have noted also, a key factor in identifying the true wings; there is a slight twist clockwise to the placement of the pin catch and the actual roller itself is unique in that it came from a stamped out flat design that when folded, creates the roller locking device with the 2 "fingers" protruding from the pin catch so as to roll the pin lock into place. These wings do not have the finest of findings so I would have to see if the roller lock device in the pin catch was repeated in another wing, as Cliff's wing has a solid roller lock device. These roller lock devices, if the pin assembly was not of outstanding quality, were often broken, lost etc. and replaced with a new roller device during the war. I asked a jeweler to add a locking device for me on a wing missing a roller, which I had in my early collecting years so I understood how it worked, and it is a very simple addition of the little metal locking roller.
The Walter Lampl wings for example, are very notorious for defective pin assemblies, so do not be disconcerted you find a Juarez Wing (Walter Lampl)(or other wing) with an obviously replaced pin assembly, as it was quite possibly during the period of World War II which can be ascertained with some research into the pin assemblies themselves. I have a Walter Lampl bombardier wing which has a beautiful jeweler replaced pin catch loop done in a silver alloy in Great Britain during World War II.
The three-tiered fletching wing I am displaying had what seems to be a very short one time manufacturing during 1939 to 1940. Cliff's wing is named to a flyer who graduated during that period of time and our intrepid Wing Man Cliff has researched several of the class graduation books from the period of 1939 to 1940 and found that the three-tiered fletching wing is rather ubiquitous in the graduating classes. Cliff further informed me that some of these men kept their wing and went on to have the senior pilot star applied to the same wing which you will see very rarely and is a stellar find. Be wary of any sterling stamped version of this wing and note that there is the clear presence of the snowflake backing indicative of the AmCraft wings of the interwar years WITHOUT THE STERLING MARK. Pay close attention to the coloring of this wing and how the use of the wing during the war years typically gave rise to a little of the brass foundation peeking through.
Blessings in your wing collecting gentleman as always, and may we always remember the America of True Freedom these men we collect the insignia of, gave their lives to protect, for it is our responsibility as much as it was theirs, to establish and defend the America that once was, a land of True Freedom to live lives of Righteousness; to establish True Family and Familial Bonds in lasting love and devotion, to protect this nation and our families according to the Law which transcends the selfish desire to control, which pervades the rotted hearts and heads of the tyrants, these mass murderers who wish to enslave nations weakened from within by changing their standard to SELFISHNESS and DISSIPATION instead of Responsibility; our military protected us from these men who are the portent of the death of nations throughout ALL HISTORY and still desires to protect us from these, so let us remember our Responsibilities to place righteous leaders over these men, when we look at these insignia we collect and remember just what that means .
Edited by mtnman, 30 May 2015 - 08:54 AM.