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#1 daniel griffin

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:15 PM

This is a nice group of wings and insignia owned by Lt Frederick Fuller

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#2 daniel griffin

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:17 PM

Aero Club of America Spherical Balloon Pilot ID

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:19 PM

Air Service Observer Rating Certificate

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:20 PM

Balloon Pilot Wing

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:22 PM

Another

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#6 daniel griffin

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:22 PM

Observer

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#7 daniel griffin

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:23 PM

Another Observer

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:58 PM

A pure Wings emporium. ..

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 07:59 PM

Danny,

 

Congrats on scoring this group.  I think a lot of us have lusted after it since it first came out but couldn't really justify the price.

 

Top notch!  Thanks for sharing.  These photos alone advance the state-of-the-art when it comes to accessible, high-quality images of Dunham made wings.

 

A truly unique group.

 

Chris



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:24 PM

Superb group



#11 Nack

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:42 PM

Holy cow. That is amazing. Period.

#12 nbolinger

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 09:11 PM

Thats about as good as it gets! Super!



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 11:04 PM

This is a nice group of wings and insignia owned by Lt Frederick Fuller

 

That WWI Military Aeronaut wing in Sterling Silver was custom made for Lieutenant Fuller by someone who worked for the firm of Dan S. Dunham in San Antonio, TX.

 

A few interesting features seen on this badge:

 

The two wings attached to the balloon (and the one wing on the observer badge) were struck from dies owned by Dunham - as can be seen in the bottom photo posted below.  Similar examples of these wings can be seen in the book by J. Duncan Campbell, "Aviation Badges and Insignia of the United States Army 1913-1946," page 15, number 20, and page 17, number 22.

 

The hinge, its pin and the U-shaped safety catch date from 1918.

 

In the top photo, notice the red dots penciled in to indicate the point were the thin silver shroud lines were attached to the balloon envelope.  What a nice touch.

 

In the second image it is plain to see the gold letters 'US' were attached to the balloon slightly off-center.

 

In both the top and middle image one cannot help but notice the irregular shape of the fabric covered brass back-plate.  Maybe the craftsman who cut it out was in a bit of a hurry as Lieutenant Fuller patiently waited for him to put the badge together?  Frankly, I think there is a strong possibility that is exactly what happened.

 

This unique badge would make a nice addition to any collection. . . as would any of the other insignia seen in this thread.

 

Cliff
 

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 07:10 AM

Fantastic collection! Congrats! Thanks for sharing. Bobgee



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 08:00 AM

Beautiful group!



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:11 AM

A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to inspect this wonderful grouping in-hand. These four badges and two identifications absolutely radiate historic U.S. aviation!  Dan, thank you for posting and sharing these detailed images.



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 11:02 AM

Mods,

 

Please pin this thread for reference.  

 

Thanks!

 

Chris



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Posted 31 December 2015 - 11:15 AM

A "Spherical Balloon Pilot",that's just too cool B)

 

 

If the Wings are the "cake",then the documents are the "icing on the cake". ^_^



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Posted 18 January 2016 - 06:19 AM

A "Spherical Balloon Pilot",that's just too cool B)

 

 

If the Wings are the "cake",then the documents are the "icing on the cake". ^_^

 

You and buy the wings and the icing on the cake......

 

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