United States Navy - World War I Wings

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2 3/4"

Sterling
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Cliff Presley Collection
12/28/2020
This is the 1917 "Type 1" badge with gold 'U.S.' letters on the center shield. Designed in September 1917 by Lt. Henry Reuterdahl USNRF who assisted Lt. Commander John H. Towers (Naval Aviator No. 3) in collaboration with Bailey, Banks and Biddle on the design of an official Naval Aviator pilot badge. On 5 October 1917 Lt. Reuterdahl had BB&B add a slight curve to the shape of the body and feathers along with a redesigned rope and left fluke becket. On 12 October 1917 the letters 'U.S.' were officially omitted. That same month the Navy Bureau of Navigation (BuNav) also rejected the silver wings in favor of bronze.
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Cliff Presley Collection
2/10/2021
The die for this 3 1/4" wide badge with closed flukes was made by Bailey, Banks & Biddle in 1917 while the firm was competing for a contract with the U. S. Navy. Eventually, the Navy contract was awarded to Bailey, Banks & Biddle in November 1917 but for another badge 2 3/4" wide with closed flukes; however, the firm continued making examples of this badge for sale in both 14k-gold and Sterling Silver with a gold wash.
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RS
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Cliff Presley Collection
9/13/2010
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2 11/16"
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Dunham Made, S.A. Tex., Sterling
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Jack Bethune Collection
12/02/2021
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1/20 10k GF
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Cliff Presley Collection
9/13/2010
This badge was made by Dan S. Dunham
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10k
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Cliff Presley Collection
9/13/2010
This badge was worn by Albert W. Dorgan, Naval Aviator #1642
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14k
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Cliff Presley Collection
9/13/2010
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MG inside elongated diamond
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Richard King Collection
8/23/2010
This is a WW1 era style wing
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BB&B, Bronze
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Rich Witt
9/09/2002
This is a WWI to early post war period piece.
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Early Robbins Hallmark, Sterling
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10/06/2010
This wing belonged to John MacKay Lott, Naval Aviator 1187. He received his Naval Aviator designation on the 7th of July, 1918.
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Cliff Presley Collection
4/11/2011
This wing was made by the Wm. Link Co.
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B,B & B, Bronze
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Dennis Jackson Collection
5/3/2011
Worn by Ensign George Ludlow - Navy Cross - Silver & Bronze Italian Medal of Valor - Involved in the Navy Aviation's only Medal of Honor Action Adriatic Sea near Polo - Austrian Air Base
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Tod Rathbone Collection
2/5/2021
Silver Tiffany style wing although not marked by them. The use of this wing is unknown at this point.
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Tod Rathbone Collection
2/5/2021
Blackinton WWI pattern un-hallmarked
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John Ferguson Collection
2/24/2021
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TIFFANY & Co MAKERS
Pin/90 deg/Blanchard (Tiffany) catch
CWNORMA Collection
8/28/2021
This 18K badge belonged to Lieutenant JG Lincoln Sumner Wilson NA#1171.
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100 degree/unusual lever-type
CWNORMA Collection
8/28/2021
This die-struck gilt bronze badge belonged to 2nd Lieut Edward Rae Young, USMC. Young earned his wings in October 1918. Too late to serve in France. He was mustered out of active service in December 1918. He continued flying in reserve status for a few more years. Young was recalled to service in WW2.
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Dennis Jackson Collection
5/2/2011
Worn by Ensign Benjamine Greely, Northern Bombing Group
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Dennis Jackson Collection
5/2/2011
Worn by Ensign. Stanley Curran, USN Naval Aviator No.287 - NAS killingholme - H-16 Flying Boat Pilot
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Dennis Jackson Collection
5/3/2011
Worn by Ensign George Ludlow - Navy Cross - Silver & Bronze Italian Medal of Valor - Involved in the Navy Aviation's only Medal of Honor Action Adriatic Sea near Polo - Austrian Air Base
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1 1/2"

Myr Gold
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Cliff Presley Collection
7/1/2013
Cap badge that was made by N. S. Meyer in 1918 and is marked on the back MYRGOLD. I got it back in 1981 directly from Francis O. Clarkson, Naval Aviator 474 (1895 -1985). He was also a North Carolina Superior Court judge, 1954-1968.
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14K, Kirchenbauer hallmark
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John Ferguson Collection
2/12/2021
This is a very rare maker
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Cliff Presley Collection
9/14/2010
Most collectors will argue that it is a Balloon Pilot badge... but it isn't. In August 1919 the Navy Department approved a change to the double wing naval aviation badge as follows:

The present gold pin with double wings based on the shield and anchor will be worn only on wash summer uniforms. The winter uniforms will carry a similar device of gold embroidery. Provision has been made by the new regulation which designates student naval aviators and flying mechanicians.

The student wears a pin similar to that of the graduate aviator, with the exception that one wing is removed leaving a device similar to that worn by observers abroad.

Regular members of seaplane flight crews among the enlisted men will wear a pin similar to that of the student naval aviator, except it shall be of silver. This change is made with the belief that there should be a distinctive insignia for the graduate and student naval aviators, and further, that the flying mechanician should also be entitled to wear some mark of distinction.

The information above is documented in the 30 August 1919 issue of the ARMY AND NAVY REGISTER, page 287.

Note that in 1922 this badge did become the Navy Balloon Pilot badge and continued that way through WW2. More examples of this style badge can be found in the US Navy/Marines - Balloon Pilot section from WW2.

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B,B & B
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Cliff Presley Collection
4/27/2013
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Cliff Presley Collection
4/8/2011
World War 1 Naval Aviator Lighter-Than-Air wing badge. Note the gorgeous two tone nature of this badge with the full size wings done in silver and the anchor in gold.
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Image shared by Cliff Presley
12/24/2019
U. S. Navy Seaplane Observer half-wing made of embroidered wire. This is an unofficial wing worn by enlisted men who trained overseas in France to be aerial observers/gunners/bombers for seaplane patrol. These men were part of the U. S. Navy's First Aeronautic Detachment No. 1 which consisted of two units. The first echelon arrived in France on June 5, 1917 and the second on June 8, 1917, thus it became the first official American military air unit to set foot on French soil after the United States declared war against Germany on April 4, 1917. After their training was completed they received the rating Quartermaster (Aviation).
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Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars