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    The great state of Georgia, USA
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    US and worldwide parachute insignia, badges and wings.
    I am especially interested in older US parachute badges that are maker marked. Also USAF 1956-1963 shield shaped parachute badges.

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  1. Your wings were made by Williams & Anderson. The 1/20th Silver Filled government issue wings were made from the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's, so Vietnam era. There are other examples and more information in the hallmarks section of this forum.
  2. To me it looks like your oval or parachute background trimming is post WWII. It has a twill center where as the WWII era ovals have a wool felt center. As to your other question, The CIB actually came along after the jump wings badge. Initially you see soldiers wearing their jump wings above the CIB. When the army finally had time to figure out placement of awards on the uniform, the regulations placed the Combat Infantryman Badge above all other awards and decorations. I hope that helps.
  3. Looks like the 511th Airborne Infantry.
  4. Here is another example of what I am referring to as the "melted sterling" mark. This needs more research, but it is suspicious to me.
  5. I agree with Allan This wing also looks different in another way than a typical WWII parachute badge should look. Notice the STERLING mark. It appears almost melted rather than crisp and clear. I have noticed a number of this type lately with the 'melted sterling' look, so I am wondering if someone is making these currently to fool collectors. Personally, I would avoid this one.
  6. Most badge collectors use Rikker mounts and they are ideal for displaying badges and similar sized items. In my collection, I also wanted to see the reverse side of some of my jump wings to easily see the Hallmarks or other significant details. My solution without making or buying a special frame is much like that already suggested by CWNORMA. I display an example of what the wing looks like on the frontal view and those that are identical with special features or hallmarks, I flip over and show the back side in the same group. That way I have an immediate reference of both sides. This has worked well for me. Just an idea...
  7. The 3G hallmark is from Ira Green. It is an older marking that is no longer used. Ira Green is still in business.
  8. I almost hate to jump in here, but could not resist since I have an example (good or bad) of both wings being discussed in this thread. Now, I can't say if they are genuine or not, but since we are all here to learn, I will offer this. All the wings shown here are die struck (not cast) and all have the die shearing marks to prove that. I can't say if the clutch posts have been removed and replaced with broach pins. Is that possible ? Yes, I am sure it is. So did I get taken or are they real? I really don't know. None of these are recent acquisitions.
  9. Interesting. It does look close. I see that it is being offered by a seller who deals in a lot of reproductions.
  10. My comments: Very nice and historic group! The photo to me is most interesting with key figures like BG Omar Bradley, who at the time , I believe, was the Assistant Commandant of the Infantry School and Fort Benning. It appears that all the other officers present have been awarded and are wearing their Jump Wings except Major George Howell (on far right) whose name is on the certificate as Commander of the 501st Parachute Bn. Had he not yet become airborne qualified? All appear to be wearing the round parachute patch on their overseas cap. Could the patch actually help date the photo? The certificate itself is a bit unusual in that the first approved and issued Jump Wings were not even available until March 1941. So the date on the certificate has been adjusted back to December 1940. I wonder if it is possible to date the photo? I agree with Allan that the value previously offered is lower than what a willing buyer would offer. Even though that bidding is not accepted policy, that would be the best way to determine the true value. What would you pay to own this grouping ?
  11. Just for the record, I did not coin the name "Fayetteville Rubbed". That name was told to me by another long time collector. I can visualize however that back in the 1950's when STRAC was the by word around Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, NC and soldiers had to look sharp, some over shined their badges to gleam in the sun. We have all seen filed and buffed wings over the years with little or no wing or canopy details remaining. It would not be too much of a stretch to figure some enterprising shop owner saw an opportunity and made pre-buffed out jump wings. If this happened or not, is just my speculation, but many novelty items show up out on Bragg Blvd. to sell to soldiers. I do believe that the so called "Fayetteville Rubbed" wings were made that way by special order by a manufacturer. I think the above wing is one of them with the added Special Forces crest. It is of course a fantasy or sweet heart pin, but is a really cool item. Again, this is just my opinion, so it is open for further discussion.
  12. Check out: Gemsco was a prolific maker of military insignia. They moved their hallmark around numerous times making many slightly different variations. What you have looks to me like one of their WWII era parachute badges. Another variation. Nice find.
  13. Well, both are very similar. I would pick #1 just based on the photos. You can clearly see it seems to be in good shape. A little advice. Don't get in a big hurry to buy something without doing some quality research. There is a ton of info right here on the Forum about jump wings. Take a look and learn about these wings and their history. I think you will appreciate them even more when you find the right wings.
  14. Then go with the solid back wings with the initials. That is a good one.
  15. I took a look on eBay and there is currently listed: US 1953 ERA 1-E EMBLEM SUPPLY STERLING PARATROOPER JUMP WINGS FAIRLY RARE MAKER for $49.99 and it's a BUY IT NOW. It looks good and is a nice badge. (Not my listing BTW).
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