Group of Pilot's Wings
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:27 PM
Here is the first example. These are basic pilot's wings, I believe of WW-II vintage. As you can se they have a fair amount of feather detail on the front. They are pinback-mounted and the only marking of any kind on the back is STERLING.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:34 PM
Initially I was thinking these were WW-II Brit manufacture but they do not have a Gaunt, Firman, or any other Brit maker's mark so I really don't know. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Edited to correct a couple typos.
Edited by USMCRECON, 02 August 2007 - 03:54 PM.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:40 PM
Again, any ideas of comments about these would be most welcome.
Edited to correct a typo.
Edited by USMCRECON, 02 August 2007 - 03:56 PM.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 03:52 PM
The bottom set, while of similar general shape, is slightly smaller (just at 3" in length), has a different style of "shoulder" to the wings, an inner row of feathers, and a slightly different shape to the radiator. The radiator also has considerably more vertical lines in it. The back has the early snowflake pattern which I've never seen on a pair or Juarez wings. It is also pinback-mounted but the catch is a "C" clasp.
Edited by USMCRECON, 02 August 2007 - 03:59 PM.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 04:05 PM
OK, that's enough for now.
Posted 02 August 2007 - 07:02 PM
Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:04 AM
Yes it is that's one of the things I mentioned in my post about the wings, it is the wrong type as well. I have seen pins assemblies replaced which is its only hope but based on the pictures it is a fake to me.
Isn't the pin mounted a bit high on that top Jaurez wing? http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif
Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:20 AM
But here is mine, of course hard to tell from pictures BUT:
1. Nice honest WWII pilot (I would buy it )
2. GR Gaunt London Pilot, from the dies, but hard to tell the period, I have a known good one and the hallmark is much cleaner, but it still might be good(I might buy it )
3. I wouldn't buy it from the pictures, looks too new
4a (the Juarez) I personally have no problem with this one, I had the identical wing that I personally bought from the estate of a B-24 pilot , some say coin silver, some say sterling, and a few are even hallmarked (I would buy it )
4b I would have to look at it, most of these 30's patterns have been reproduced, as stated before (not sure)
5. Senior pilot, the first warning flag is the black back, I believe it to be a repro, compare the pin to thee one on the Gaunt, you will see that the hinge and pin on the Senior Pilot are thinner and the bends are not as sharp.(I would not buy it )
Well that's my 2 cents!
Posted 04 August 2007 - 03:56 AM
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