1) The US bullion wings, French wings, and French document are all shown in Morris' book. As far as I can tell, all three of the these items match the items show in the book. In fact the brevet document clearly shows the number 12923. Even the creases in picture in the book match the item in the auction.
2) I assume someone could ask for provenance for how the ebay auction person got the items from Mr. Morris. Maybe this is actually Terry Morris selling the items? I would point out that a couple of other groupings in that book show similar display mountings (framed and on some sort of brown or grey fabric). It sure LOOKS like the stuff in the book and to me the easiest explanation is that they are indeed the same.
3) I can not find Don Chaliff's book right now, but if I recall, the issuing of French wings was not that cut and dry. IIRC the first OFFICIAL issue of wings did have the B hallmark but later wings lacked the hallmark, and used different sized number stampings. I also believe that he said that unofficial or private issue wings were NOT stamped (but correct me if I am wrong) In the ebay auction wing, I notice that the pilots name and the number look to be engraved in the back and actually look like they were done by the same hand and at the same time. Since the number looks to be engraved (and the official numbers were stamped) already the attempt to compare them to an official, issued wings is flawed. Official issue wings were stamped and not engraved with the pilots name. So, while I can't say that they are done period to WWI, the comparison to early "B" hallmarked wings is not fair. These could just as likely be what they seem to be, a pair of private purchased and engraved wings.
4) I think the real value of this grouping lies in the bullion wings (which seem 100% legit to me), the provenance to a specific pilot with an original document and photos, and the association with the book. French wings seem to lag all other air services in collectability and usually only get a fraction of a US or German related item (IMHO). The brevet document and french wings seem to match each other but it would be nice to see better and more detailed pictures.
I don't know if this is going to go for "stupid money" but I suspect 2-3K. Again, I suspect that most of the value would in the bullion wing. As most collectors have a deep aversion to risking big money on bullion (because of the high quality fakes), a collector may be willing to drop more on this particular wing because it has the provenance of being in a book.
Edited by pfrost, 28 March 2009 - 11:19 AM.