cwnorma Posted March 11 Share #976 Posted March 11 1 hour ago, rathbonemuseum.com said: I think you already know the answer - Link pattern with BB&B hallmark - Heavy chromatic staining due to chemical and heat application on back - applied heavy US - whole thing appears to be made of some brass based mystery metal - relatively modern findings compared to purported age of the wing This wing was made on purpose to deceive in my opinion Tod's assessment is perfect. I don't have much to add except some thoughts: I think the badge above was a product of Alan Beckman's active imagination... Wartime NA badges with an added US existed. This is not one of them. In all my years collecting I have encountered two similar badges (one Robbins and one Tiffany) that I considered to be real and both those had sterling silver US expertly applied by a jeweler. Two examples is hardly a base to draw conclusions from but I believe real ones do not represent, "HYPER RARE FIRST DESIGN Blah, Blah, Blah..." as they are often hyped. The truth is likely far more pedestrian: As they were strictly non-regulation, a few Individual NAs individually had their badges altered during the 1917-1918 period by local jewelers so they would better match the Army Air Service design. That is likely all. The key to one of these potentially being real is the base badge. Obviously this one is a stinker. Though marked so, it is not a product of BB&B. The named, engraved, 18K Tiffany with an added US clearly was real. Now that I think about it, I have seen a number of these fake badges but never encountered a real BB&B type badge with an added US. Have any of you? Chris Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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