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#1 usaf70

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:10 PM

What would be the reason one would sew a group of patches together unless to be worn on a Party Suit?

This is from a USAF pilot's estate and they are all backed with hook & loop on reverse.

Any info is appreciated.

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#2 Wake1941

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:12 PM

I would think a party suit as well, cool piece first Ive ever seen

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:38 PM

Well, the Squadrons / Flights  are lined up like Navy rockers So I'd bet it was mounted on a felt board or something like that. Probably had all his awards and rank stuff and those sorts of things for display purposes, like a shadow box or "I Love Me" wall.



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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:48 PM

Nice patch!

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 04:07 AM

An early gaggle patch?

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:48 AM

Or he just wanted everyone to know what squadrons he had been in.



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Posted 21 June 2019 - 09:11 AM

Ironically, the most unique and possibly valuable one is on the bottom.  From the lettering it looks Asian made.



#8 Randy

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 06:06 PM

This is what is known as a "stacked gaggle". Many times, before dedicated gaggle patches were made, they simply sewed all the units from the wing together. Sometimes the patches were cut up, other times they were just piled on top of each other like the OP. This happened mostly in the 70s into the early 80s. These were mostly worn by Wing Commanders and maybe a few Wing Staff.  Any real stacked gaggle is hard to find. Here's one I have that had the patches cut up to make them fit. 56 Tac. Training Wing at MacDill circa 1983. It's about 7.5" long!

 

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:26 PM

Thanks everyone.
I picked up two different stacked patches from USAF Pilot's estate.
What sort of value is placed on these style patches? I assume it depends
on the squadrons.

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 07:34 PM

They can be worth quite a bit to some folks. Many of these are unique, and yes, type of unit will matter.

 

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