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    U.S. History (1861 to the present). U.S. aviation insignia, badges, patches, photos and uniforms (1913 to 1945). U.S. Political campaign buttons (McKinley to Nixon). U.S. Commercial airlines pilot insignia (1930's to 1960's). Ocean fishing (Albacore, Blue Fin, or any thing that bites!)

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  1. rustywings

    CNAC wing

    I didn't buy it... But I was sure surprised to see how much that two-inch shirt-size CNAC Pilot variation sold for!
  2. Chris, thank you for posting another informative and well presented WWOWW thread! There's no doubt, you have dozens of fellow collectors logging onto this Forum every week specifically to read your next WWI wing installment! Please don't be at all discouraged by our lack of participation. Your posts frequently contain fresh solid information not presented in any other wing-related book or format! I mean, seriously, for the past thirty years, I've been spelling that wonderful little jewelry company in Memphis "Homrichous" until you proved to us the correct spelling is "Homrighous" without that damaged serif! The reality is you've taken the study of WWI USAS badges to a new level... and we're all benefiting! Thank you for all of your efforts... Russ
  3. Nice addition to your collection Insignia-Hunter! And thank you Jweitkamp for sharing your equally nice Flight Engineer example. Although this letter "E" style badge was never authorized, they were indeed worn and are highly sought after by aerial badge collectors. Fellow Forum member "B-17 Guy" (aka John) authored an excellent three page article, with numerous Flight Engineer images, back in the September 2014 edition of "The Trading Post." Back copies of that terrific quarterly publication might still be available for purchase through "The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors." <catalogs@asmic.org>
  4. Nice pick-up Rooster! If those two included photographs are any indication of William Thomas' affiliation with both the War Training Service and war-time era Civil Air Patrol, you've landed a grouping with very nice historical aviation significance! Especially if that particular CAP unit was actively involved in aerial shore patrol and German sub-hunting along the North Carolina coast in early 1942. The airplane identifier on the tail of the CAP aircraft would be a good place to continue your information search. Both the C.A.P. and W.T.S. played very different but vital roles in the early days of our involvement in WWII. Thanks for sharing your find with us! I look forward to hearing about where your research takes you...
  5. Another professionally prepared thread posted above! Thank you Chris for all you have generously shared with us! Each one modestly different than the other three, I believe all four of the Pilot badges posted below are period-made by The Robbins Company. The top two examples are both hallmarked and "Sterling" marked in similar fashion, however one is pierced between the wings and the shield, while the other badge is solid... and the size of the hallmark and sterling-mark font is slightly different. The third badge has no hallmark, but is "Sterling" marked... while the fourth badge is unmarked on the reverse and likely only plated or silver-washed...
  6. "Hancock College of Aeronautics," Santa Maria, CA. Looks like a nice original WWII era US Civilian Pilot Training Staff shoulder patch.
  7. Such a factual and well written thread, it was worth reading twice just to make sure I absorbed it all! Thank you Chris!
  8. Thanks guys for all of the additional postings! Here's an updated Cal Aero Flight Academy image...
  9. If given the opportunity to closely inspect one of these non-hallmarked Paye & Baker designed "STERLING" marked badges, look for extra fine detail in the horizontal lines of the upper shield, as well as small and defined vertical lines between the ribs of the lower shield. You won't find that same degree of expected craftsmanship in the current ebay listing described above. And, as already outlined by Patrick and Chris, that Blancard catch with unique lever lock as well as a symmetrical and pronounced shaped archer's bow appearance is a must to determine authenticity with this particular type of badge.
  10. A hardy tip-of-the-hat to both Chris and Patrick for their in-depth research efforts and willingness to share their findings with us! My fingers are crossed, when the "nameless-one" reprints these new findings in his next hallmark identification publication, proper recognition will be given to the "US Militaria Forum" and its members, Chris and Patrick, rather than claiming those efforts as his own! (Enough said...) Russ
  11. Beautiful Aviator badge Pete! Thank you for the peek! Your example and John's (B-17 GUY) are the only two Jessop made aviator badges I've had the pleasure of viewing! They certainly are exceeding rare WWI USN Aviator wings!
  12. Nicely done Marty! Now we need to confirm that old hallmark and the name(s) Marty has dug up with the Patent Office for a possible match...
  13. One more shot of the hallmark. Patent pending likely 1917-1918? Any ideas? Any other examples of this hallmark out there?
  14. Thank you for your help Chris... I was hoping to locate a crisper image of the front for comparison. This smaller wing has a proportionately wide shield, three distinct feathers in the shoulders, Dallas-like beading, and that circular indentation on the reverse similar to Blind Pew's full-size example... But I just don't know who the "S-ROY" or "ROY-S" hallmark represents?
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