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Help Autenticating US WWII Arial Gunner and Nav Badges

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Hi, 

 

I acquired these 3 WWII military badges a while back, and I thought that all three were authentic. Someone recently told me that all of these pieces that are authentic have raised lettering on the back, instead of engraved. And also that the pin back should only open about half way instead of flipping all the way back. My large Nav pin does have these characteristics. The gunner pin opens all the way, and also has engraved "sterling" on the back. My small nav pin only opens half way, but the sterling mark is also engraved. Can anyone help me figure this out? Thanks!

 

 

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Photos 1&2 = Small Nav

Photos 3&4 = Large Nav

Photos 5&6 = Gunner

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Your wings are all good sterling c WW2.

The things you have been told are only true 'sometimes'.  The reasoning is, raised letters [sterling] were there at the point of manufacture whereas an incised sterling could have been added later. But both raised and incised were used.

The pin opening beyond 90 degrees is to do with wings made by NS Mayer. They made a series of restrikes in the 70's with pins that opened to 180 degrees. Mayer originals only opened 80-90 degrees. Your gunner wing are not Mayer but a known WW2 pattern. Maker unknown [to me anyway] so absolutely fine.

Graham.

 

    

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