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Steve L

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    Wisconsin, USA
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    Primarily the study and collecting of US pilot wing qualification badges, WW1 through late WW2.
  1. Thanks Marty for sharing your MF & Co. insignia identification. It should be mentioned that Marshall Field & Co. did make their own jewelry and not just outsource. On the 10th floor was what IIRC was called the "Craft Shop" which did include die stamping machines. There is a photo online of the shop which shows two die stamping presses but it eludes me at the moment. Again this info is online for those that want to do the research. I personally don't discount the possibility these wings could have been made in-house, maybe from an in-house made die, or more likely, from an outsourced die; or as rooster77 mentioned they of course might have been outsourced altogether. We do know that MF &Co. catered to the Military but to what extent is currently unknown. Gees, wouldn't it be something to find this wing badge 'for sale' by MF & Co.in some piece of old print media, maybe newspaper or catalog. Yep I'm a dreamer.
  2. Also under close loop inspection I can see a mark and faint line where the 'leg' that would make the "C' a "G" is. This is somewhat visible in the posted reverse closeup.Perhaps the maker's stamp was less than ideal?
  3. My example. This was found in bottom of a period jewelry box below the drawers on the boxes floor, perhaps thought to be lost. It was in baby blue soft cloth pouch with shirt like button closures. I also have the pouch which is a tailored fit for the wing and I've always wondered if it might be what the jeweler provided upon purchase. Perhaps the fact that the "G" on my example, as on others I've seen, looks like a "C" is a attributable reason for this maker's historical miss spelling? Thank you Chris for my weekly WW1 wing fix!! It was inside
  4. "14K TOP" refers to the letters "US" on the wing badge, not the Sterling base. Here is a prior link for reference: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/289821-third-ww1-robbins-pattern-wing-surfaces/
  5. I don't know either however it kind of looks like a sloppy T with something after. Maybe its referring to a "14K Top" as found on some WW 1 hallmarking as in this one piece Robbins example?
  6. Thanks mtnman for the thorough reply, and for starting this thread. The wing will be a fine complement to a 37 (never say never), and in the interim, a reminder to keep looking. Steve
  7. New addition; I'm liking the palms on the back of the winged bullet device!
  8. Steve L

    Young & Co?

    A Young & Co., Auckland NZ Bombardier.
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