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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.

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  1. My one example; the catch appears to be the same as Bobs.
  2. Just one purchase from Mike thus far however it was as perfect as perfect can be; I look forward to more!
  3. Feedback: Speaking from a buyer's perspective, if I pay in a prompt manner upon win notification / invoice, receive and am happy with an item and post positive seller feedback, why are there sellers that don't post return feedback? Not really a question but more of a peeve. I do run into this and in my opinion it's poor public relations. I pay attention to this and if I never receive acknowledgement for fulfilling my obligation as a buyer then apparently the seller is not too interested in my repeat business. At the very least, if I'm zeroed in on another of the seller's items, I will not leav
  4. Here's a screenshot of whats still on my eBay page! I also received shipment notification with tracking number via email. I did file a comprehensive report with eBay in the hope that this seller might see some accountability for his actions. There are messages through the eBay system that eBay could, and are welcome to reference if they choose to. I received their canned response email and case #, along with the reminder that the buyer is not privy to any corrective actions taken. Thanks to all for the comments and sharing your eBay frustrations. If you picked this wing up you have my congratu
  5. I bought the wing, or at least I thought so. The seller refunded my PayPal payment within an hour, and not at my request. I think we all know why. The seller said the wing would be relisted with the guy's hat to help 'validate the wing'. He sent me a pic of the hat to 'help validate the wing' immediately after my payment. The hat has a US Naval Officer's cap badge on it! What to do and oh well.
  6. Nash-Kelvinator "E" type civilian production award. N.K. made engines for Navy fighters in WW2. A Web search will yield additional insight. Blue Skies, Steve
  7. 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 d
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. "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/
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. New addition; I'm liking the palms on the back of the winged bullet device!
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