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  1. Because of the popularity and value of Tiffany works, there is a great deal of information and knowledge available on line about this company. The Tiffany Co used many different hallmarks over the years. This is a very good primer on Tiffany hallmarks. Of course, the hallmarks are frequently faked and there is a very large industry of counterfeit marks. I suspect that nothing is exempt from being faked. The time period of about 1907 to 1947 was when Tiffany fell under the directorship of John C. Moore II. During this time almost all (but apparently there are exemptions) of Tif
  2. It was during my research into the Tiffany-made wings that I first heard the idea of Tiffany & Co. possibly using a die cast (hot strike) process instead of a die struck (cold strike) process. The wing feathering on these badges are somewhat unique. When I handled 2 or 3 Tiffany wings, side by side, it's not immediately obvious that the structure of the individual wings are all the same (like you would see on a die struck wing). My sense is that these were, in fact, die cast using hot/melted metal and die forcer rather than a planchet and a forcer. With die struck wings, you can usuall
  3. Excellent post. I would just quibble in that I have always doubted that Tiffany actually made these badges at all--but rather had them made from a wholesale supplier (like Johnson for retail by Tiffany). It is well known that much of Tiffany's stuff was contracted out to other jewelers and silversmiths in New York. A pilot badge to US seems like the height of fashion to us on this forum, but was probably a very low value item (relatively speaking) for Tiffany's merchandise. But I suspect I am totally wrong (as usual).... Also, while nice badges, I am not sure they always repres
  4. They look ok. Just someone “repaired” them. Lol
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  6. Its weird, at the relative rarity of some of these ratings. I have seen "many" (and have one in my collection) Link Airship wings, but only one or two AECo airship wings. The AECo gilt flight surgeon wing is pretty common (relatively speaking) but the AECo TO (and various balloon wings) may only exist as one or two offs. AECo USAAF pilot wings are common, but USN aviator wings are rather rare. All in all, AECo was a pretty prolific manufacturer of insignia, badges, DUIs, and other related items during the 30's and 40's, but they didnt survive very long after the war and were out of busines
  7. A few years ago an AECo airship wing showed up on eBay. I recall seeing an AECo balloon pilot wings years ago at the Great Western Gun Show. If I had to guess, I would say that the AECo ligher than air wings are pretty scarce. I also recall seeing an AECo TO wing as well.
  8. I believe that AECo made most/all of the USAAF wing ratings.
  9. It’s a Bell-made glider badge. A tough one to find
  10. I don't recall if we discussed this on the thread. WWII and pre-WWII Josten pilot, balloon, and observer wings all seem to have been pin back (or at least the vast majority of these wings). The exception is that WASP wings were all clutch back. The WWII pin back versions of the pilot, senior pilot and command pilot wing are relatively rare. However (and this is just my general opinion), the clutch back versions of the Josten-marked senior and command pilot wings are VERY common. I suspect that the clutch back versions of these wings are all post KW period. I know for many years, someo
  11. Pan Am Airlines (PAA) was one of the first and largest American Civilian Airlines, starting in delivering mail in the 1920's and eventually going out of business in the 90's. PAA and their various airline subsidiaries flew routs into South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia and they had a variety of insignia to represent this diversity. PAA was important for establishing air routs across the Pacific and Atlantic using their fleet of flying boats (the Clippers). Pilots and aircrew were especially well trained, and as Russ said, the stars on the pilot badge represents the various levels
  12. BTW, this is what a "good" Ludlow Glider wing looks like. The good ones usually have a very thin wire pin, and either a round "C" catch (like this one that is made up of what appears to be a "half round" wire) or a "square" off catch (cut out of a small square of metal rather than a wire--giving the catch sharp edges). The LUDLOW LONDON hallmark is usually rather poorly excised into the back of the wing. NEVER with a small plate attached. On the gunner wing, you can see that the catch has square edges because that is when the small plate was cut and soldered to the wing rather t
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