WW1 Bullion Wing Variations
Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:28 AM
Since there seems to be alot of chatter on wings, lets see if some of the WW1 collectors can shoot some pics of noted styles of wings, wings only, no hi jacking with other items, or groupings. Lets make this a reference for people looking to buy legit WW1 pilot and observer wings.. Paul
French style wing, one of the usual patterns seen. Note the detail on the US on the shield, the lack of black separation threads for the feathering, and the even patina on the wing in general.
163rd Aero attributed
Again another detailed wing, French manufactured is my suspicion.
25th Aero attributed
Again another detailed wing with multiple styles of bullion.
141st Aero attributed
Posted 16 October 2008 - 07:39 AM
This one is slightly different in shape than most wings, the tips being very pointy. It again is highly detailed bullion work, defined US on the shield and the lack of thread to act as separation for the feathering On the wing.
This is attributed to a Foggiana pilot, I am unsure if it is Italian made or not.
This is the Reserve Military aviator, used early on by reserve pilots, but regulations changed and the reserve pilot went with the standard pilot badge. This one was most likely used by a aerial observer. Again note the attention to detail on the US and stars and multiple bullion construction.
This "Flying Anal Opening" or Observer badge.
The last change by regulation. It is again detailed bullion , this one has black thread used to highlight the separation of the feathers. The thread is no over on big section of bullion, rather in between sections of bullion.
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:01 PM
This is possibly a french made badge, this one is ID'd to an enlisted gunner who flew with both the 11th and 20th Aero Squadrons as a gunner.
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:03 PM
Most likely a US made bullion sewn to a brass pin-back , background. This one is ID'd to 12th Aero member.
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:05 PM
another 1/2 wing, this one is very thick and detailed. It has a silk piece on the back of the wing, you can see it from the edges. ID'd to member of 88th Aero
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:07 PM
1/2 wing possibly Frenc made, nice detail on the wings and shield, the US has taken a beating over time. ID'd to member of the 8th Aero
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:08 PM
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:10 PM
Posted 16 October 2008 - 12:14 PM
Another French made one, this one has darkened with age but still a real stunner. There are at least 5 different bullion wires used on this one, the bullion feathering detail is wonderful..
Edited by baker502, 16 October 2008 - 12:15 PM.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 01:01 PM
This is one that I really like. Likely an English-made wing. It is hared to see, but the center part of the wing has a great deal of padding and really sticks out.
One thing to notice is that the edges have a darker patina then the top part of the wing. In my experience, this isn't that rare in these bullion wings and may be due to the "edge effect" of the end of the bullion being more exposed to the air than the center parts of the bullion.
Edited by pfrost, 17 October 2008 - 01:02 PM.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 02:43 PM
For me, bullion is either so-so (and barely worth the effort) or a stunning work of art. This wing and the previous wing, just seem to call out to me as being top-notch, extra-fine workmanship. But I may be biased
Posted 17 October 2008 - 02:52 PM
THe tarnish is pretty even all over the wing.
Edited by pfrost, 17 October 2008 - 02:53 PM.
Posted 17 October 2008 - 02:55 PM
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Posted 17 October 2008 - 03:09 PM
This is an interesting wing. Looks like a WWI wing, but lacks the "US". I suspect it is a transition wing from likely the very early 20's. It was sewn on a uniform, and it looks like part of the wing was under the lapel, thus you have a very interesting patina on the wing. The outer left wing tip (the part that would be exposed) is very dark, but the rest of the wing is much lighter. I used to have some doubts about this wing, but the price was right and after spending many hours studying other bullion wings, I tend to lean towards the idea that it is indeed a good wing.
Posted 19 October 2008 - 08:35 AM
Posted 19 October 2008 - 05:36 PM
Edited by Escadrille, 19 October 2008 - 05:37 PM.
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