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Jessop Aviator Wing

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I posted the grouping with this wing in another thread but thought I would post a couple photos of the wing itself. Here is the front:

 

 

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The engraving below the pin is his dates of service, June 6, 1917 to March 19, 1920. His WWI rank and name is engraved above/behind the pin but I don't want to post that. I have tracked down a few records on his service that include records of missions he flew in France during WWI. He lived in California when he enlisted and was then stationed near San Diego after the war so he had plenty of time to pick up a Jessop wing there. Among the photos in the album are a number of aerial photos of the San Diego/Coronado area. North Island was only connects by a thin stretch of land, and about the only thing on the island was Rockwell Field where he was stationed.

 

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This is a very interesting wing I've seen a number of cast versions. And a few post war brass versions. I've also seen a few vintage catalogs with this pattern illustrated but I cannot recall where. I love the hand chasing as well

 

Im not a fan of the engraving (from an artistic sense) but I wouldn't reject it?

 

Thank you for sharing. I think you have made a significant addition to our knowledge of WWI wings. Cool beans and great find

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Just FYI. An identical wing is illustrated in both Terry Morris and Duncan Campbell's books

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I believe Duncan's wing had a cloth backing that he never removed to view the actual back of the wing, so he didn't know his was a Jessop. His wing is not identified in either book as a Jessop.

 

Several much more experienced wing experts reviewed high resolution photos of the wing after I got it. The rank and name engraving look to have been done at one time and the dates at another time as the engraving styles are not the same. Here is a photo of some of the engraving.

 

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I was looking at the photos I got with the wing and noticed something I had missed before. Here is a photo of the wing being worn on his cap. I'm not sure is this is a VFW cap or an American Legion cap.

 

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