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This is a Beautiful Ca 1943 United State Army Air Forces Glider Pilot Wing in Coin Silver in the "Juarez" Pattern, designed by Walter Lampl. It has a lovely Gunmetal Patina.
It has been hypothesized by noted historian Tod Rathbone that these wings, first known as the "Juarez" type, then later thought to be manufactured by Walter Lampl, whose maker mark shows up on some, were actually produced by Bell Trading Company FOR Walter Lampl, after he designed them.
Going along with this very likely hypothesis, this particular wing would also be considered of "early" manufacture since it is made of Coin Silver, which was acquired by jewelers in the southwest by purchasing Pesos from Mexico. Later the US Government put a stop to the Wartime cross-border silver trade, and supplied sterling silver to southwestern jewelers.
Approximately 3-1/4" in length x 1" in height.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Horizontal pin with come-under locking catch.
This is from a WWII United States Army Air Forces senior pilot wing collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VBJJP18 LEGEX18
8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The wing has light wear and tarnish on the obverse and a nice dark patina on the reverse.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.