Beautiful, Extremely Rare (Only 6 Known) WWI USAS Pilot Wing in Sterling & 14K
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Beautiful, Extremely Rare (Only 6 Known) WWI USAS Pilot Wing in Sterling & 14K

Code: afw10000usas


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Product Description

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OUT OF OFFICE: September 15 through September 22 2019.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you will find some vintage artifact of interest here, but please be advised that we are currently out of the office, at the legendary MAX Show (Last one in Pittsburgh!) returning on Monday September 23rd, and we will not be able to ship until then. Feel free to place an order, or email us to place an artifact ON HOLD, but, again, we will not be able to ship until 9/23/19.
Thank you, Ron & Kana

ARTIFACT: This is a Beautiful, Extremely Rare (Only 6 Known) World War I United States Air Service Pilot Wing in Sterling & 14K. Most likely Made By Robbins.

Back around the late 80's, when I would see Duncan Campbell, the Father of Wing Collecting in the US, and the Author of the first book on the subject, regularly at the Allentown Show, I showed him one of these wings. It was my first WWI wing, and because it was not in his book, I was apprehensive. But the story was good where I found it, so I was hoping for the best. 

Duncan loved it, and I was pleased to have found a wing that he had not seen before. 

Moving ahead over the next 30 years, I have located 6 of these wings total, all in New England. The catch on this particular one, and other design aspects on all 6 (identical save for the open or locking catch) lead me to believe this was produced by Robbins, possibly for a jewelry store, especially since none have been marked beyond the occasional STERLING. 

I always loved the large shield, and the highly convex wings, and the bold, bright very "Military" U.S. at center. 

VINTAGE: Circa World War I.

SIZE: Approximately 3-1/16" x 7/8"

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Sterling & 14K.

ATTACHMENT: Vertical pin with a tongue type C type catch.

MARKINGS: N/A

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Army collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MAJJJV08 LDDIEX09/01/19 SDJJJX10/19

CONDITION: 9+ (-Excellent): This wing has been beautifully preserved, excellent condition.

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