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#51 John Cooper

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:27 PM

Here is an Amcraft family portrait. Two of which have already been featured previously. I thought since I added Papa the Command Pilot, I would show the trio. I won't tell how much I stole the CPW for as it would make John cry. I really like this pattern, but the flimsy hardware and extremely thin underlying brass don't compare to the heft and quality of the LGB I posted here. Still, the overall design is beautiful to my eye. ;)

Say cheese...



LOL you owe mw a PM now!

Great set and I like you style of display! I just do not have an eye for that kind of thing.

John

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:34 PM

LOL you owe mw a PM now!

Great set and I like you style of display! I just do not have an eye for that kind of thing.

John


Thank you John....much appreciated.

OK, I'll send a PM with the "details", but I am telling you....tears will flow. :lol:

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:33 PM

Here is a WWI Air Service wing that was given to me by a dear, and now deceased friend in the mid to late 1980's. Sadly, I only have the one, but I do have the matched US collar officer insignia along with some other personal effects from the pilot. The wing is unmarked, and the propeller is sterling (I think) although I can find no markings anywhere.




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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:34 PM

Reverse



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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:35 PM

Drop in barrel catch.



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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:35 PM

Hinge



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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:53 PM

Steve,

When we gonna see that new WW1 wing? Scott usually posts stuff out pretty quick!

Chris

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:26 PM

Steve,

When we gonna see that new WW1 wing? Scott usually posts stuff out pretty quick!

Chris


Hi Chris,

I was hoping it would have been here this past Saturday per my correspondence with Scott......since today was a postal holiday.....maybe tomorrow..... :unsure: Perhaps Scott just had to enjoy it for an extra day before letting go. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:36 AM

As promised to John, here is the wing from my Air Service tunic thread:
http://www.usmilitar...d...c=28720&hl=

WWI French 3" wing.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:37 AM

Another view.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:37 AM

Left wing.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:38 AM

Shield.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:39 AM

Right wing.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:39 AM

Detail, bottom.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:40 AM

A little closer. Last one.



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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:50 AM

Very nice Steve, very nice.

Best regards

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:58 AM

Very nice Steve, very nice.

Best regards

Patrick


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Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:34 AM

I'm not a wings man but, your pride in these shows through in the pictures and description. Makes me want to run out and start collecting wings. Nooooo, must stop, must control self, I can not branch out anymore, must seek professional help! :blink:

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:43 AM

I'm not a wings man but, your pride in these shows through in the pictures and description. Makes me want to run out and start collecting wings. Nooooo, must stop, must control self, I can not branch out anymore, must seek professional help! :blink:



Well, my words are about as true as I can make them concerning these. Also, it is good to have so many knowledgeable collectors with no ulterior motives that have helped me. Their "blessing" on this makes it all the more pleasurable to have. If these things were not so incredibly expensive, I am sure that I would have a lot more.

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 02:09 PM

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?

I too have been thinking about the snow flakes and circles and palm trees covering the backs of insignia. My thought is they are there for aesthetic reasons, so there are no die marks. Some wings and insignia look very yucky from the back. Being that most of the companies that used them were jewlers it somewhat makes sense that they would try to make the back look pleasing also just my two cents or less brian

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:12 PM

A recent pickup. The line/scratch across the shield is the result of a nasty hit. My research, and conversation with others places this style from the 1920 to WWII era. The wing is very thin as shown in the comparison photo with the nickel. The wing measures 2 13/16'' from wing tip to wing tip.



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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:13 PM

Reverse.



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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:14 PM

Very thin.



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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:15 PM

Catch.


Edited by IMPERIAL QUEST, 04 December 2008 - 08:16 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:17 PM

Hinge.




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