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  1. Yes, a good number of WW1 Enlisted Aviator insignias (patches) have been faked to muddy the waters; however, here is one that actually belonged to Robert O. Lindsay prior to his becoming a 2nd Lieutenant, RMA in the U. S. Army Air Service. From Madison, NC, he was assigned to the 139th Pursuit Squadron and achieved 6 aerial victories to become the only Ace in World War One from the State of North Carolina.
  2. Chris, It was probably a few years after Mr. Campbell said that when I happened to uncovered more than one official report published by the War Department which indicated that the Enlisted Aviator rating was an official rating. . . and the devices were referred to as insignia rather than badges to be worn on the sleeve. Have printed a couple of references below. BTW, I really enjoy your World War One Weekly Wing reports! Cliff 🙄 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. The Military Aviator badge below is also marked STERLING on the back of the wings and the star above the center shield. It was purchased in 1919 by Elliott White Springs after he had returned home from WWI.
  4. On 8/19/2020, pfrost said: The "SILVER" mark is wrong. As a well established jewelry company, they wouldn't have used SILVER but instead they would have used the appropriate STERLING mark. The SILVER mark. It is bogus, I challenge you to find another BB&B marked piece of jewelry that has SILVER (rather than sterling). I would be willing to bet dollars to donuts that if you were to search for BB&B made items (not just wings), you would be very hard put to find even one that was marked SILVER instead of STERLING. ______
  5. Patrick I'll take that bet on the condition that should you lose you make a donation of $10 or more to the U.S. Militaria Forum for 2020. Note that if a member makes a yearly donation. . . a Ribbon Bar for every year they made a donation will be displayed at the bottom of any thread they post to the Forum. I've missed a couple of years in the past but just sent in my donation for 2020. Cliff 🙂
  6. A very nice and hard to find addition to any WW2 collection.
  7. Hello Todd, I would also like to extend my congratulations for adding another interesting badge to your fine collection. Along with the companies listed above that made alloy Airship pilot badges, I would mention American Metal Crafts before it was acquired by AE&Co. In addition, there were a few that produced embroidered examples but few can be named; however, one was Dusenbury & Schwab, Inc. Maybe other members of the forum can add to the list. For those interested, on this website there is a thread devoted primarily to U.S. Army Airship pilot
  8. There are probably a lot of these seats still scattered over the terrain of North Vietnam. Your father is a mighty lucky man to have you do this for him.
  9. Then let's try again. This image was taken without the advantage of having any sun light. Is there any chance you can tell which company made the die?
  10. Thank you for being so observant. I did not know that the officer's armored collar insignia pre-dated WW2, and yes it does coincide with the fact that since Mr.Puma started the business in 1940 the sample board may have actually been put together the same year. Here is a close up view of the armored collar insignia.
  11. Marty, Officer's Equipment Company did not make any of the insignia that they sold. Tesla, Yes, even though there are not any full-size aviator wings in the sample board at the top of this page, they did sell them. More about the salesman sample board: I've tried again to take close-up images of a few insignia seen in the sample board but none do any of them the justice they deserve. Yes, the sterling silver badges have tarnished over time, but the others still sparkle in the sun light.
  12. Officers Equipment Company - A brief history I was asked this afternoon if I would mind posting a separate thead on the original Officers Equipment Company which was started in 1940 so here goes. The company was started by Mr. Vincent E. Puma who was born in Italy in 1895. He was one of 19 children, nine of whom died at birth and he came to America in 1905. His growing love for this country stimulated him to join the Army before he was twenty, and during World War One he was sent to France as a French-English-Italian interpreter. After the war he became an ardent mem
  13. Re: Officer's Equipment Company Here is some background information on Officers Equipment Company which was owed and operated by Vincent E. Puma. Born in Italy in 1895 Mr. Puma was one of 19 children, nine of whom died at birth. He came to America in 1905 and his love for this country stimulated him to joined the service before he was twenty. During World War One he was sent to France as a French-English-Italian interpreter and later became an ardent member of the American Legion. After World War One he lived in Brooklyn, New York and became a traveling sa
  14. Chris, Re: "Caveat Emptor" Without question, swindlers who prey on unsuspecting collectors will always be around; therefore, I don't have any words of wisdom to share that haven't already been expressed but I would like to point out a named WW1 Balloon Observer uniform currently being offered on eBay that caught my eye. While the uniform itself may have actually belonged to the Balloon Observer in question, and the dealer selling it may be doing so in good faith, the Observer half-wing attached to the uniform is a fake. It is also similar in construction t
  15. Looking at these clearer images, I would say there is no question the badges are reproductions.
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