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1919-1941 Interwar Period vintage pilot wings


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Here is another very nice wing that came from out east via my Pops.

 

This is a J A Meyers & CO wing made in Los Angeles probably in the 1920's (not associated at all with N.S. Meyer). J A Meyers & CO was founded in 1912 and was located in the jewelry district in downtown LA and was primarily involved in making wedding rings. I believe that around 1950, Francis Meyers (the son) took over the company and ran it until the mid 1970's. Francis Meyers was involved with UCLA adult education and tragically was killed in an automobile accident in the late 1990's (well into this 80's).

 

My gut is that this wing was made in the 1920's or early 1930's, but not much later than that. I really like the detail in the shield!

 

Came across this J A Meyers & CO wing recently; a variant from Patrick's wing with hollowed reverse and excised hallmarking. Still shares commonality in the shield cross hatching and large barrel catch.

 

 

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Came across this J A Meyers & CO wing recently; a variant from Patrick's wing with hollowed reverse and excised hallmarking. Still shares commonality in the shield cross hatching and large barrel catch.

 

 

 

That's a beautiful J.A. Meyers variant Steve! In fact that's one badge of many you've recently posted that are all absolute gems! Thank you for taking the time to share these exceptional pieces with us!

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That's a beautiful J.A. Meyers variant Steve! In fact that's one badge of many you've recently posted that are all absolute gems! Thank you for taking the time to share these exceptional pieces with us!

 

Thanks so much Russ, and all the other 'wing nuts' here for their contributions. This wing thing we few share a common passion for needs our active and meaningful contributions. At one time I thought I'd probably never see much new / learn much new...then I found this forum.

 

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The Rooster

Greetings all! Forgive me for posting this again but it is my favorite wing. Patrick said he would not quibble with me if I wanted to call it ww1.

BUt I really have no idea? I do know it is a William Link Pattern prob made by amcraft. 1920's? 1930's ?

I always come back to it because it is the most beautifully cut wing I have. Prob the oldest too. Gull wing shaped And I cant get over the detail in the wings and the lines in the shield. Its detail amazes me. The light plays all over it.

They dont make them like this anymore I rekon.

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I got this one off of eBay the other day. I suspect that this is a 1937-vintage Military Aviator wing. Very nice bullion work that is closer (IMHO) to WWI/interwar period bullion wings than the WWII types. One thing is that it has a nicely "pillowed" or padded shield, like you frequently see on the earlier bullion.

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Patrick,

 

I cannot say that I disagree with your assessment! If anything, I think it may lean toward earlier.

 

Beautiful wing!

 

Chris

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5thwingmarty

I was finally able to add a "From Official Die" wing to my collection at the SOS this year.  It still has much of its original finish, but unfortunately has a broken catch.  I suspect it may have had a Blanchard catch.  I was expecting all of these wings to be really heavy, but this is relatively light at just under 16 grams with a thin pin that opens a full 180-degrees.

 

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