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#1 mireks

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:19 AM

Hello all,
I have very nice 3" navigators wings, but have no idea about manufacturer or theatre where they have been produced.

As you can see, they are not sterling and have strange safety pin. They are two piece construction (wings + globe) and there is no halmark or stamping of any kind.

Do you have any idea about their origin?

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:20 AM

reverse side


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Posted 14 June 2007 - 05:28 AM

They used to be cluchback but it probly had a pin broke so some jewler afixed a pinback system to them. I don't think they are WWII but I could be wrong.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 05:36 AM

Hello Photographer,
I know, there are marks, where the clutches can be. However, they have never been applied there. I think it is common. I have more wings, where are such marks, but pins are somewhere else

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 06:49 AM

This badge was most likely made from the wings of an Aviation Cadet hat badge. I know the wings on the hat badge look bigger when the propeller in there but if you compare them side by side you will see they are the same. If you look at the edge where the globe is applied I bet you will see a indentation where the propeller goes. The small circles on the end or the wings are for the small pins that keep it from turning and the hole in the center was for the screw post that was fastened to the propeller to pas through. This was often done by the manufacturers to utilize parts they had laying around or they just did not want to make a new die. This is a legitimate WWII variation

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:36 AM

QED4, you are right. The indentation is there, exactly as you described. Thanks for explanation. By the way, are you able to identify its original manufacturer?

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:09 AM

This badge was most likely made from the wings of an Aviation Cadet hat badge. I know the wings on the hat badge look bigger when the propeller in there but if you compare them side by side you will see they are the same. If you look at the edge where the globe is applied I bet you will see a indentation where the propeller goes. The small circles on the end or the wings are for the small pins that keep it from turning and the hole in the center was for the screw post that was fastened to the propeller to pas through. This was often done by the manufacturers to utilize parts they had laying around or they just did not want to make a new die. This is a legitimate WWII variation



Hi,

Very good eyes!! One image:

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Best regards,

Ricardo.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:12 AM

I would guess post-war made. The pin looks German made to me.

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 11:16 AM

I would guess post-war made. The pin looks German made to me.


Other US made wartime insignia had this type of pin catch. Here is a mid to late war Econo-Lead Expert Rifle Badge I found in a soldier's grouping of insignia several years ago. While the wings are interesting, my bet would be straight up wartime US made.

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