During the First World War no real standard wings existed for the US Army Signal Corp Air Service. Many wings were cloth but many jewelers made metal wings during the war at the request of pilots. The real wings were based on Special Regulation #41 issued on 15 August 1917 and were to be made on cloth with embroidery. But right from the beginning Pilots had jewelers make the wings because the embroidered wings did not hold up when washed. The wings that are shown are a replica of Balloon Pilot Wings. The original designer is not known, it appears that this was a one of a kind design. This replica is made of Sterling Silver with the letters US gold plated. This is a very heavy wing. Please add $4.00 for Mail in the US, Air Mail to anywhere else is $6.00. 100% satisfaction guaranteed on this wing, if you are unhappy for any reason return it for a refund less eBay and shipping charges within 10 days. Please note we use stock PhotoÂ’s. We accept Visa, MC, Discover and Paypal as well as checks. If you live in Indiana please add 7.0% for sales tax.
Thanks to an eBayer the name of the designer of this wing has been found. He has other wings that this designer made. The original designer was William N. Cappuro. He made wing badges for the officers at Camp John Wise in San Antonio.
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Dear Joe; Could you please advise the length of these Army balloon wings ? Best Wishes from New Mexico Greg Stover
Greg 3 1/4 inches wide. Joe
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