Airship Pilot wing badge die - Making a badge:
1. 15-pound die for Airship Pilot.
2. Die marked above: THOS. HEATH, ATTLEBORO, MASS
3. Trimming Tools: After the badge has been struck in the die, it has excess flash all around the perimeter of the badge that will need to be trimmed. The badge is then laid face down in the opening, held in place by the excess flash.
The smaller part you see below the die is the cutting tool which just barely fits the opening of the die. When it comes down onto the badge, it pushes the badge through the hole and trims it.
4. The other side of the opening. You can see it is much wider so the new badge will fall free into a container with the other new badges that have been struck.
Next, the pin and locking device will be soldered to the back of the badges.
Then comes polishing and packing.
... All this comes to you from a semi-retired, totally worthless collector.
Edited by CliffP, 05 February 2009 - 09:23 AM.