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#1 Kilroy56

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 07:15 AM

After being been taught on this forum , I believe these wings to be original.

Thoughts welcome...

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 04:26 PM

Its hard to know for sure, but I don't see anything that gives me heartburn about them



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:24 PM

Input much appreciated as ever Patrick !
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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:31 AM

A couple of nice "British-made" US Pilot examples! Thanks for sharing your finds!

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 01:13 PM

The top one is a neat pattern that doesn't seem to be faked as much as the JR Gaunt wings.  I typically see these made in a yellowish metal and covered with a nice silver "frosting" like finish.  Also the C clasps tend to use a half rounded piece of metal.  That frosting finish seems to be hard to reproduce.

 

The JR Gaunts are sometimes hard to tell.  I don't have any pilot wings that I really like in my collection, so I cannot speak much to what tends to be right or wrong with them.  The Gaunts seemed to be made using a pot metal and sometimes a painted on type silver finish.  The hook on the C catch is usually a flat metal, that has a taper to a slight point at the end.

 

I don't like it when I see them hallmarked "SILVER" and I am leery if the JR GAUNT marking is crooked. My strategy will be to find on at a flea-market for 25$, rather than avoid getting burned.

 

Here is a Gaunt-like glider wing.

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 07:47 AM

Thank you for your input Russ & Patrick.

I do agree , these Gaunt wings are hard to tell although the ones with a frosting make me far more comfortable.

Here is a recent acquisition...

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