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  1. World War One Weekly Wing #40 English Made WW1 Wing Description Reserve Military Aviator Manufacture. A finely embroidered badge, almost certainly made in England. Overall, the badge incorporates at least five different types of bullion. The wings have some design characteristics in common with the quintessential American-made World War One wing, specifically each wing characterized by a first row of feathers picked out individually in smooth silver bullion, surmounted by a two-tier shoulder of individual feathers con
  2. I don't really pursue WW1 women's items as much as I used to, so I can't say beyond what you noted above. I would say they are seldom encountered.
  3. Tod, Outstanding, informative and extremely well researched thread. Truly amazing work! Thank you. Chris
  4. Show is today and tomorrow. Hope to see some of you there. I'm going there tomorrow morning and will report when I return. Chris
  5. Super cool item. I've seen a couple of these over the years. There is also a student version without the instructor bar. There was a slightly different version of the instructor badge on Daniel Griffin's website recently. Does anyone know how they were worn? Left Chest? Right? Like a marksman badge? Any photos of them in use? Chris
  6. Gents, Thanks for your inputs. This is a tough disc to find, and definitely aviation related but it sure is hard to find any definitive information. Chris
  7. It is a hostess armband. I have seen them before and also in period photos. It wasn't intended to hold up for daily wear but instead for a single use event or function. similar to a "Hello My Name Is: ____________" badge. There would be an elastic or herringbone tape passed through the two slits for wear. Chris
  8. Patrick, I think that is a very sensible approach to these. I give the same advice to anyone considering one. Chris
  9. Cliff, Fantastic! Thank you again Chris
  10. Kurt, This particular disk is reasonably well documented (See Campbell p37 #10 and Morris p43 #C27). Although neither of those authors have any additional information beyond what I wrote above. I am fairly certain this disk can be found in Scipio-Patterson too but I don't have that reference handy to verify... The disks you are referring to were re-struck from the Stokes-Kirk dies that were held for a time by the Naugatuck Novelty Company of Naugatuck, Connecticut and used to make re-strikes for sale to collectors. I have a copy of the Naugatuck Novelty Company catal
  11. Like a lot of wing collectors, in between wing badges I often pick up other Aviation related insignia. A fellow collector who already had an example tipped me off to this one and I was fortunate enough to add it to my collection. The collar insignia is for an enlisted soldier in the First Aero Company: From Bob Schwartz excellent website: The First National Guard Aero Company was originally called the Aviation Detachment, First Battalion, Signal Corps, National Guard, New York. It was re-designated the First Aero Company, provisionally recognized on 22 Ju
  12. Cliff, Great stuff! Thanks for providing those references. Below is some more information from another Army publication which further muddies this insignia versus badge discussion--as expressed within the context of Aviation devices and the Army in the WW1 era: Which just goes to show that even within a single regulation, in this case Special Regulation No. 41, the Army in 1917 itself demonstrated a certain amount of inconsistency with respect to whether aviation devices were to be labeled badges or insignia. In this one reference alone, wings are first listed under
  13. World War One Weekly Wing #39 Enlisted Aviator Description Manufacture. The badge appears to be silk machine embroidery on thin melton wool. Close examination with a loupe shows the bobbin thread (which may be cotton) to be slightly more coarse than the top thread. The entire top of each wing all the way down the side consists of one continuous "feather." There are eight additional feathers in matching silk embroidery. The four bladed propeller is also embroidered in matching silk. There are no contrasting colored threads. The dark blue back
  14. Russ, Really handsome wing and jacket. I love how the bullion has toned and the unique design characteristics of the badge. At first glance, it appears evocative of a standard WW2 wing yet the more you look at it, the more unique eccentricities of the design are revealed. The faceted bullion must be real gold, and of a fairly high karat to have remained so bright. Really beautiful. The USN high-collar jacket was on its way out by 1919-20 to be replaced by the much more popular lapel coat. If this one somehow doesn't qualify as a WW1 wing per-se, it certainly is wi
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