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  1. Gents, Thank you! I never know when one of these WWOWW posts will take off and garner some interest. But I am always glad when they do! ...and Patrick, I still like that wing! Chris
  2. Tod, Pete, Thank you both for your kind sentiments. Respectfully Chris
  3. World War One Weekly Wing #48 Tiffany & Co. Description Reserve Military Aviator An extremely handsome American-made World War One wing, executed in a New York interpretation of the Beaux-Arts style Design wise the wings are executed in somewhat more naturalistic fashion than many other World War One era badges. The New York Beaux Arts movement included Neo-classical and Greco-Roman revivalistic elements along with modernistic influences. Tiffany & Co's wing exhibits two splayed wings on either side of an elegant squared
  4. John, Yep! I even linked to it in my post above. If you click the words "14k gold" in the original post it will take you to Bob's website and Cliff's wonderful badge. Cheers! Chris
  5. World War One Weekly Wing #47 F. Kirchenbauer Naval Aviator Description Naval Aviator The badge is crisply die struck in one piece in relatively thick sterling stock using the solid strike method. The badge has a thin gold wash. An otherwise generally conventional WW1 era Naval Aviator badge, the wing has a slightly unusual, characteristically small flat shield, paired with a slightly oversized anchor--giving it a distinctive appearance. Flukes are pierced. This particular badge is known in sterling (as this example) and also in 14
  6. World War One Weekly Wing #46 French Made Observer Description Second type Observer Unusual, French made example with silk cord and black thread highlights Design wise, this badge borrows elements from a series of French Air Service insignia by an unknown French maker. The bottom image above shows an air service shoulder sleeve insignia that incorporates a winged propellor removed from a French Air Service armband. Note the similarities between the winged propellor from the armband/shoulder insignia and the observer badge
  7. World War One Weekly Wing #45 Etruscan Revival Style Description Reserve Military Aviator An unusual, likely American-made World War One wing, executed in the Etruscan Revival or simulated embroidery style. Design wise, this badge makes no attempt to represent an actual eagle's wings; instead, the badge is designed (for the most part) to mimic bullion embroidery. Each wing consists of a first row of eleven "feathers" in simulated bullion, with two rows of "feathers" consisting of J-shaped vanes. There is no rachis appar
  8. Very cool! I have often wondered, is there such a thing as a maker who made all types of badges? Like, for example, if a collector were to find every AMICO made badge would they span all the possible ratings or are there some ratings they didn't make? Is there any such maker?
  9. blind pew, The best way to illuminate this discussion is with an illustration: The upper badge is a single piece, solid, die-struck badge manufactured by the Robbins Manufacturing Co of Attleboro, MA. The lower badge is entirely hand crafted out of sterling silver and gold sheet, laminated together, then all of the design work was hand cut or chased into the surface of the badge. As you can see, both badges share exceedingly similar designs. So much so that it is clear that one was an inspiration for the other. As Tod pointed out in
  10. blind pew, If there is a business relationship between the two firms, I have not been able to uncover it yet through research. Although, there may be a partial answer to your question when we consider the training syllabus. The fledgling Airmen would take their ground school (normally at a University) in one location, basic flight training at a second Air Field or civilian flight school, gunnery training at another Air Field, specialized training at a fourth, then be assigned to duty at a fifth. Each assignment would have been an opportunity for a pilot to seek out
  11. Bob, What a beauty! Thanks for sharing it again. Chris
  12. World War One Weekly Wing #44 Shreve and Co. Description Reserve Military Aviator An extremely handsome American-made World War One wing, executed in a Beaux-Arts style perhaps unique to San Francisco. Design wise the base badge is executed in somewhat more naturalistic fashion than many other World War One era badges. The Beaux Arts movement included both Neo-classical and Greco-Roman revivalistic elements. Shreve and Co's wing exhibits two splayed wings on either side of a flared, almost flamboyant shield.
  13. Bob, Really outstanding example of a very rare wing badge. Congratulations! Chris
  14. Tod, Really beautiful wing! An outstanding addition to any collection. Here are two by the same maker for you to compare: This American maker hand-crafted at least two full-size patterns along with 2" size versions. Although there is a clear similarity to the large-size Robbins badge, I am not sure if this badge inspired Robbins or the other way around. Examining examples, I find a number of construction method similarities with southwestern sterling jewelry (i.e. conchos etc) of the same period. In particular, laminated construction, chasing, and straig
  15. Is it gilt? It looks silver colored in the photos. Chris
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