Naval Aviation Pilot Wings

SKU: 03.USA.0102.101.01

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  • Pilot Wings (with silver-gilt) Obverse
  • Pilot Wings (with silver-gilt) Reverse

Attributes

  • country
    United States
  • date of institution
    November 13, 1917
  • remarks
    The Pilot Wings were designed by John. H. Towers. The first contract for production is believed to have been to Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia, however, there have been many manufacturers of the Pilot Wings. The value is expected to vary by manufacturer.

History


The United States Naval Aviation Badge was established on November 13, 1917. The Pilot Wings may be issued upon graduation from advanced flight training to Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, or the United States Coast Guard who qualify as pilots.

There are multiple versions of the Pilot Wings which vary by composition and manufacturer and there may also be additional versions which are not featured here.

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Versions

  • Price

    $1000+ USD

  • Composition

    Bronze Gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    82x24mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    This version may also be referred to as the "Art Deco Style" Pilot Wings.

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  • Price

    $425 USD

  • Composition

    Gold

  • Inscription

  • Size

    53x18mm

  • Maker

    J. O'Brien & Company

  • Version Remarks

    This version is composed of 10-Karat gold. The reverse features a maker's marks and is stamped "10K."

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  • Price

    $100-375 USD

  • Composition

    Sterling Silver/Gold

  • Inscription

  • Size

    71x23mm

  • Maker

    Amico

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $190-210 USD

  • Composition

    Sterling Silver/Gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    70x21-23mm

  • Maker

    Robbins Co., Attleboro; Hiborn Hamburg

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse features the maker's mark "ROBBINS CO ATTLEBORO, MASS" and is stamped "STERLING."

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  • Price

    $50-200 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze Gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    69-71x23-28mm

  • Maker

    Vanguard, New York City

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $100-175 USD

  • Composition

    Sterling Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    71x23mm

  • Maker

    Gemsco, New York; Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia; A.E. Co., Utica

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse features the maker's mark "GEMSCO" and is stamped "ACID TEST."

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  • Price

    $40-160+ USD

  • Composition

    Gold-coloured Bullion Wire/Wool/Embroidered

  • Inscription

  • Size

    93x44-50mm (uncut); 73x35mm (cut)

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The Pilot Wings (with embroidery) design was officially approved in 1922, however, Pilot Wings (with embroidery) are known to have exis...

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  • Price

    $70-140 USD

  • Composition

    Silver-gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    70-23mm

  • Maker

    H & H Hilborn

  • Version Remarks

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  • Price

    $90 USD

  • Composition

    Gold/Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    70x23mm

  • Maker

    Amico

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse features the maker's mark "AMICO" and is stamped "1/20 10K G ON S."

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  • Price

    $45 USD

  • Composition

    Gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    50x17mm

  • Maker

    Balfour, Austin

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse features the maker's mark "BALFOUR" and is stamped "1/20 10K GF."

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  • Price

    $50 USD

  • Composition

    Bronze Gilt

  • Inscription

  • Size

    40x17mm

  • Maker

    Amcraft, Attleboro

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse is stamped with the maker's mark "AMCRAFT ATTLEBORO MASS" and "ACID TEST."

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Sterling Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    39x12mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse features the maker's mark "H" and is stamped "STERLING."

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  • Price

    N/A

  • Composition

    Sterling Silver

  • Inscription

  • Size

    42x15mm

  • Maker

  • Version Remarks

    The reverse is stamped "1/20 10 K GF" and "STERLING."

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