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Here's a new one I got in the mail today. It has what looks like an old repair holding the pin on with string. There are also some differences from the other Noble wings posted on this site. For one thing the hallmark is a bit different on mine. What do the experts say?

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Here's something else I found interesting. These are 3 wings I believe are prewar with the Noble in the middle. Quite similar aren't they?

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These two have the same flaws. Would they be the same die? Sorry for the horrible photos

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Very nice Mike, congrats on getting a rare wing.

F.H. Noble is one of the more over looked makers.

Their wings are rarely seen and can command a high price if the seller knows what it is.

I have only seen Noble produce the Pilot wing like yours and a Naval Aviator wing badge of the same era.

The Aviator wing is very rare.

Also, the hallmark is almost always in the center of the shield as with yours. I have seen one example where it is at the base of the right wing.

By the way, Noble made their own findings and that branch of the business was called Hercules.

 

Here is a link to another Nolbe thread.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/130597-why-did-these-wings-sell-for/?hl=noble&do=findComment&comment=982849

 

 

Best, John

 


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Thanks Russ and John. That info on the findings is really interesting and the name Hercules sure fits in hand they're massive! Looking at those dents and scratches it makes you wonder who the men were that wore these wings, the fathers of the golden age of aviation had these types pinned to their chests. Awesome to think about isn't it! Thanks again guys I'm glad you liked them. :)

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Here is the ad from 1931, page shows Noble and Hecules.

John

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Here is another one I recently picked up. The front appears to be the same as the others shown here.

 

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And here is the back. It has the same "Hercules" fittings as my Noble wing, but is an unmarked slick back wing. Its heavy at 25.1 grams (387 grains). The original 1921 War Department drawing for Aviation Badges called for the Airplane Pilot Badge to be made of fine silver and weigh 385 grains. I have not tested the metal to see if it is sterling or fine silver.

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