Just Wingin' it...
Posted 01 August 2008 - 06:59 AM
This first wing is an incredibly thick pre to early WWII massive example. It is approximately twice the thickness of example with the reverse of the shield scooped out.
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Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:06 AM
Seeing the close up of your AMCRAFT snowflake reverse, reminded me of a question...the AMCRAFT mark looks soft relative to many of the die struck marks. I had a bracelet some time back that was plated and the plating was coming off, and with it, the snowflakes...they had been impressed in the plating material rather than being a part of the original wing die strike. That kind of surprised me, but I wonder if all of these wings might not have been made that way...I haven't had many of them, so I don't have much experience from which to judge. I think these were made by AMCRAFT and Balfour in various metallic contents.
Hi Paul. that is a really interesting way of applying the flakes. I really don't know too much about these but I have given some thought as to why the flakes are even there but if your wings had this characteristic then my below theory doesn't make sense??
I had wondered if it was to assist in a clean release upon striking? These are fairly thin wings - brass, plated in silver, the flakes are definitely part of the base metal on this one. If the flakes were for aesthetic purposes, you don't see them when worn so why go through the extra trouble of tooling a die? I have also wondered if initially, a flat or smooth die was used but resulted in a messy or uneven strike, and that is the reason for their existence?
Edited by IMPERIAL QUEST, 01 August 2008 - 10:07 AM.
Posted 02 August 2008 - 08:34 PM
The thoughts on the snowflake pattern are interesting. As far as I am aware being pre-war brass was available for making wings and produced a very clean strike. I wonder if there was a reason to have some pattern on the reverse due to the die striking process or due to the specifics of the metal being used.
Some research is in order here...
Posted 15 August 2008 - 05:28 PM
This is how the wings were found.
Edited by IMPERIAL QUEST, 15 August 2008 - 05:53 PM.
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