Another addition from off of ebay.
A rather grubby wing, but I like the general workmanship and quality. Also, I have noticed that most of the vintage WWI bullion wings tend to have a nice "pillow" or "padded" effect on the shield. You can see it in the next photo. That isn't to say that all the wings you see should have this padded effect, as I have found good wings that were more flat in profile.
This wing also illustrates some of the "natural" aging that you see with old bullion. First, the silver wire is nicely and evenly tarnished. It is hard to see, but there is also some dirt and grunge that has accumulated along the edge of the wing where the bullion threads and fabric meet on the frong of the wing.
On the back of the wing, the backing material has some nice age yellowing, but is rather clean. Also, the back edge of the black fabric is a slightly darker collor than the front edge, probably because the back was not exposed to the elements (either on a uniform or when it was in storage in someone's riker mount.
Edited by pfrost, 18 April 2015 - 01:06 PM.