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  1. I can't believe somebody did this but they made a cast copy of one of the Navajo bombardier wings. Do not be taken in by this Buy It Now! https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-US-Army-Air-Force-Sterling-Bombardier-Wings-Pin-Back-Theater-Made-Full-Size/333664156188?hash=item4dafeefa1c:g:aPsAAOSwbxFfGrFK
  2. There's not much more that I can say other than that is one of the rarest and most beautifully authentic KG Luke WWII wings I have ever seen. It is the first KG Luke authentic aircrew wings I have seen, with and incredibly copious number of authentic tells, all over it! This Wing belongs in the category of most sought-after and rarest of the theater made Australian wings, very splendid and discerning find Doug. Best of the Best.
  3. I have been seeing a few of these Meyer wings suddenly appearing, specious to the core as far as I'm concerned. Some have warped flat rear presentation and some an undulating dip in the shield as this one. Be very careful gentlemen.
  4. That's my Patrick, always steering me in the right direction 👍😜 !!! 😺 Timothy says hello by the way! Also gentleman, regarding the Sterling Wing above, these sometimes come with a black backing of fabric with two holes to accommodate the pin and the catch. If you ever get the opportunity to pick one up with an authentic backing, it is a real treat.
  5. If you look at the 1920's bullion wing, you will see the exclusively 20's identifying patterns indicative of the period. The bullion for instance, has thickening padding beneath the shield bullion which raises it above on the depth dimension, the rest of the bullion. The bullion itself has the french, WWI size and aesthetic to it. The shaping of the wing is exclusive to the 1920's variance between an extended linear aesthetic and this type which is more organic....
  6. Beautiful lapel insignia from the 20s with brilliant bullion work fashioning concatenated faceted bullion with coiled wire bullion.
  7. Wings rear. You can see the 1920s pilot wing with the thick silver construction and the massive findings with the exquisite pin assembly. Just beautiful, strong, elegant and powerful.
  8. When I first purchased these, I had not perfected my cleaning process and they turned out relatively well but there was a lot of corruption still on the bullion but once I moved back to North Carolina a few years ago I had the time to work on it and the latest cleaning is nothing short of the best of the best, it got all the brown out!
  9. I thought you guys might enjoy as much as I do, the post yearly cleaning beauty of these gorgeous 1920s insignia from an Air Service Major who was very likely a World War 1 pilot who stayed in after the war in the much depleted ranks of pilots during the twenties. I received these Wings and rank and collar insignia from the friend of the wife of the pilot. I tried diligently but she would not divulge the name per the request of the lady who had been her friend and the wife of the late pilot. When the crud and patina first washed away from these, I couldn't believe my eyes. It took years to per
  10. Wow Jay! Thank you so much for giving us a new link into the origin of this wing, giving time parameters based upon another piece of insignia with this very rare and unique pin catch. Robbins Co of Attleboro Massachusetts, interesting. Being the only company of verifiable credentials to use this catch other than the wing we know of is food for thought and further research. Well done sir!
  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me this invaluable information. My collecting interest in zip close is based upon the intimate connection between the soldier and the lighter which I will explain a little later but I have to go help my friend move. Could you take a moment though if you have time, to explain how best to use the 4 manuals I have ordered 3 of so far, in my collecting? Is it to get a clear and distinct visual Gestalt of what an authentic Vietnam era zippo looks like?? As one aspect of the books' use anyway. I am sure there are more poignant ends a collector historian
  12. Can't thank you enough Bob, I just picked up my first one that you had pointed out. Bob, I guess the Zippos you were talking about that are made in the last 30 years, were lighters that these counterfeiters in Vietnam picked up, making sure that they were made from the time of Vietnam war and then they would simply carve them up and give them fake patina? I guess the vast majority of the ones sold on eBay or fakes? And Bob, as far as dating the lighters, you know the technical data needed to identify the make of the lighter itself, what book should I get for that or will these books you guided
  13. I am starting my field gear collection with zippo's from Vietnam and World War II. Can anyone give me guidance regarding the best reference books for zippo lighters with the war orientation World War II through Vietnam?? Thank you so much for your time and if I'm in the wrong place moderator, please move me to an appropriate section. Blessings in your collecting gentleman
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