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July 1926 dated Army Air Corps officer tunic


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I am a newbie to the post war era and would love to learn more about what I have! I acquired this from a long time collector with air related US uniforms spanning from WWI to just post-WWII. It is dated July 1926, making it very early air corps (formed in July 1926). The man I bought it from thinks the Tiffany badge is a high quality reproduction. I got a very good deal on the piece, so I can't complain if so. post-24315-0-85808300-1428534745.jpg


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Aside from the wings (which you told were fake), I strongly suspect this is a put-together uniform. First off, the background material of the bullion insignia is just way too off compared to the underlying uniform material. I can't imagine a pilot of the late 20's/early 30's would have worn such insignia. More importantly, an Air Corps officer's coat of this period should have the one piece combo Winged Prop/US insignia on the lower lapels.

There's a reason this "long time collector" gave you a "good deal". I have to think you still paid more than this is worth (as the sum of the parts is rather low). You should request a refund and find someone else to buy from in the future.

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I had the same feelings, my initial thought is this uniform may be a movie prop.

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I had the same feelings, my initial thought is this uniform may be a movie prop.

 

This is what the insignia that Kurt was talking about should look like. This uniform came from Lt. William VanDusen. Lt VanDusen is pictured on left of these three pilots from the mid 20's. Note diff in insignia on each pilot.

 

Terry

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The seller also has several examples of the 1920's-1930's officer jackets with the joined prop and US and bullion flight wings on those. They had all come out of a collection. This jacket has a tailor label from Minneapolis, Minnesota and on a sewn-in tag inside the interior pocket, it is dated 1926. To me, it feels to be legit, but I will be trading it for a more textbook example.


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