Exceptional WWI thru Early WWII Wing & ID Grouping of US Air Service AEF Aeronaut Harvey H. Holland
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Exceptional WWI thru Early WWII Wing & ID Grouping of US Air Service AEF Aeronaut Harvey H. Holland

Code: afpg20000aef-CON

$17,975.00


Product Description

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ARTIFACT:

NEW ADDITIONS: A fellow collector and client saw this listing and was kind enough to sell me an Autographed First Edition of Holland's book Avigation, and one of the finest ID bracelets I have ever seen! In a biography I found for Holland online it mentioned that he also wore the wings of the US Navy and the Royal Flying Corps, although I could not find exact reference to those services...well, this ID Bracelet "proves" those services as well...more of a descriptive write-up of these new additions, and images, to follow soon....

This is a Exceptional WWI through early WWII Wing & ID Grouping of US Air Service AEF Aeronaut Harvey H. Holland.
This is an incredible ensemble of extremely rare US Air Service and Air Corps wings, with a rare, early Caterpillar Club type Badge and a fantastic WWI American Expeditionary Forces Officer ID Card to a Military Aeronaut, showing the man wearing the only wing NOT in the grouping, his bullion Balloon Pilot Wing, as the "cherry" on top, 

The man whose career stretches here from WWI to the beginnings of WWII is Harvey H. Holland, who, by 1931, when he wrote the book "Avigation" about Aircraft Navigation, was a Captain in the US Army Air Corps, Transport Pilot #7376, Airship Pilot F. A. I. #56, Free Balloon Pilot F. A. I. #182, and an Airplane & Balloon Observer. 

Eventual Colonel Holland was born on  26 Aug 1892 in Axton, Henry County, Virginia, and after serving his country in both World Wars, and all the time between, passed away at 73 years of age on 11 Mar 1966 in Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Colonel Holland had quite a career, first as a Balloon Pilot in the AEF in WWI, then afterwards he flew the US Army Airship Roma (luckily for Holland he was NOT the pilot during the airship's fatal crash in 1922), and on loan to the US Navy, flew the also ill fated USS Shenandoah. Holland also was, as were many Balloon Pilots (and Observers), a pioneer in the use of Parachutes, being a member of the Rip Cord Club of the World, and an early member to the Caterpillar Club. 

In administration between the Wars, Holland served as the Executive Officer of the Air Corps Technical School in Chanute Illinois, and then later as the Chief of the Air Corps Appointment & Procurement Division. As WWII was getting underway Holland was the Chief of Air Forces Personnel, and Commanded the Army Air Force Intelligence School in Harrisburg, PA, before heading to England with the 8th Air Force. 

Colonel Holland retired from the USAAF after the end of hostilities in late 1945. 

During Holland's multi-faceted career, he amassed some amazingly rare wings. Offered in this small grouping are his:

Model 1921 US Air Service Military Aeronaut Wing by Blackinton in silver plated nickel (possibly in silver, but unmarked).

Model 1921 US Air Service Airship Pilot Wing From Official Die in Sterling Silver.

Model 1921 Airship Pilot Wing by Blackinton in silver plated brass.

Model 1941 US Air Corps Command Pilot Wing by AMCRAFT in Sterling Silver.

Any of the M1921 wings would individually be a centerpiece in any collection, especially the From Official Die Airship Wing, but it is amazing to have all 3 in one biographical grouping. 

And along with the above wings, is a wonderfully rare early Caterpillar Club type badge from the Rip Chord Club of America, RCCW, in silver plated brass by "H. CO.".

Rounding the grouping up, and putting a face to the name, is the earliest part of the group, Holland's personal WWI AEF ID card showing the young Lieutenant wearing his gleaming bullion Military Aeronaut wings.

An exceptional grouping of Aviation insignia from an exceptional man. 

VINTAGE: World War I through early World War II.

SIZE: Approximately: Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 5: 3-1/4" in width x 13/16" in height. Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 7: 3-1/8" in width x 7/8" in height. Harvey H. Holland Blackinton Balloon Pilot Wing Image 9: 3-3/16" in width x 1" in height. Harvey H. Holland AMCRAFT Command Pilot Wing Image 11: 3" in width x 1-1/4" in height. Harvey H. Holland Rip Cord Club of the World Badge Image 13: 1-7/8" in width x 1-9/16" in height. the AEF Officer's ID Card: 5-3/16" in width x 3-3/4" in height.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 5: Sterling Silver. Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 7: Silver Plated brass. Harvey H. Holland Blackinton Balloon Pilot Wing Image 9: Silver plated Nickel. Harvey H. Holland AMCRAFT Command Pilot Wing Image 11: Sterling Silver. Harvey H. Holland Rip Cord Club of the World Badge Image 13: Silver plated nickel.

ATTACHMENT: Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 5: Vertical pin with come-under locking catch. Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 7: Vertical pin with come-under locking catch. Harvey H. Holland Blackinton Balloon Pilot Wing Image 9: Vertical pin with 'C' catch. Harvey H. Holland AMCRAFT Command Pilot Wing Image 11: Vertical pin with come-under locking catch. Harvey H. Holland Rip Cord Club of the World Badge Image 13: Vertical pin with come-under locking catch.

MARKINGS: Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 5: "STERLING FROM OFFICIAL DIE"

Harvey H. Holland FROM OFFICIAL DIE Airship Wing Image 7: N/A.
Harvey H. Holland Blackinton Balloon Pilot Wing Image 9: N/A.
Harvey H. Holland AMCRAFT Command Pilot Wing Image 11: "STERLING"
Harvey H. Holland Rip Cord Club of the World Badge Image 13: "H CO"

ITEM NOTES: This is from a WWII United States Air Service AEF Aeronaut Grouping collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-21 +VCJJX08/21 LAFIGEX07/13/21 SLAGIGEX09/01/21

CONDITION: 8 (Excellent): This is an incredible ensemble of extremely rare US Air Service and Air Corps wings, with a rare, early Caterpillar Club type Badge and a fantastic WWI American Expeditionary Forces Officer ID Card to a Military Aeronaut.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.