Bracelets Made from Wings
Posted 24 January 2009 - 09:52 AM
The reason I ask is that Iíve seen them made from a wide variety of makersí wings, i.e. AMICO, GEMSCO, even Luxenberg & Blackinton....I know, I know http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/crying.gif. Most commonly see them made up from the simple GI sterling wings, yet they often use the same kinds of chains and catches.
Does anyone have any pictures showing guys wearing these bracelets? My father only wore his plain sterling ID bracelet engraved with his name and s/n.
Here is a picture of some of mine...show us some of yours.
Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:19 AM
This is one of my favorites. It is a Juarez wing with a gold star on it, and clearly made for a ladies wrist with a very fine sliver chain. I expect she was a gold star mother and this was her dead son's wings. sad.
Posted 24 January 2009 - 03:26 PM
Posted 24 January 2009 - 04:05 PM
Mike, that's a beautiful little 2" Bell pilot's wing, one of the best in my opinion. You can try looking in the Army enlisted database for the pilot by using his name...most airmen started their AAF careers as enlisted men before they were commissioned.
Here's a link: AAF Enlistees
It's also possible that he may show up on one of the Bomb Group sites if you just Google his s/n and/or perhaps his name. A number of the WWII veterans and their offspring have done yeoman's work in producing some remarkably detailed websites.
Here's a dainty old Navy sweetheart bracelet that may predate WWII. Don't see nearly as many Navy wings bracelets as you do the AAF wings.
Edited by Paul S, 24 January 2009 - 04:23 PM.
Posted 24 January 2009 - 06:54 PM
Posted 25 January 2009 - 11:46 AM
Posted 25 January 2009 - 02:00 PM
Sometimes a wing bracelet can cause you to shake your head when youn see that a really nice wing was pressed into this service....take one nice wing--clip off the pin attachments--drill two holes near the tips--bend it into a semi-circle--attach a chain--and for good measure, let's just grind off the device in front and do a bad job of engraving some initials....and you have one like this.....
Posted 25 January 2009 - 02:08 PM
Posted 26 January 2009 - 02:50 PM
This set is sized pretty big,I think it was definately worn by a man.It was pinback and marked sterling but no maker.I like all your variations Bill
Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:21 PM
Here is a pilot wing with the gold star similar to your bracelet...perhaps it signifies the same thing as you propose...the loss of a relative.
Posted 02 February 2009 - 09:38 PM
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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:32 PM
Shown below is another interesting form--a cuff bracelet with an English wing attached to it. These don't appear too often and to my mind represent the product of a "G-job" done on one of the WWII air bases.
The cuff material is .032" aluminum and this particular wing is attached with a beefy aluminum rivet, nicely bucked--see the inset. I believe that .032" aluminum is the predominant skin material used on B-17 and B-24 bombers. I like to think that this piece was made as a favor in the base sheet metal shop from aluminum scrap...maybe leftover from a patch on a shot-up bomber.
Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:14 PM
it is a tad over 2" wide.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:57 PM
This pair appear to never have had any sort of mounting device, either clutch- or pin-back attached to them before they were turned into a bracelet so I suspect the owner bought them new rather than bringing in a pair of his wings to be converted. Below it front and back of the bracelet.
Edited by USMCRECON, 14 February 2009 - 01:09 PM.
Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:59 PM
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:48 PM
Anyone have any thoughts about what the symbols mean? Medical terms most likely, Greek perhaps, or Latin...but I haven't been able to find anything that looks like them. Any thoughts?
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