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US Pilot Badge what is it.

Article about: Here is a badge I own, it is marked sterling on the back and also NS Meyer Inc with a crest and a mark I cannot make out, also there is stamped 1/20 something I also cannot make out that eit

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    bsweeney
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    Default US Pilot Badge what is it.

    Here is a badge I own, it is marked sterling on the back and also NS Meyer Inc with a crest and a mark I cannot make out, also there is stamped 1/20 something I also cannot make out that either. What do you think.
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    Default Re: US Pilot Badge what is it.

    Hi, I can tell you that they are United States Naval Aviator wings.

    1/20th will mean there is that percentage of silver used in them. Meyer is a well known US maker.

    But that is about all I can tell you.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    bsweeney
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    Default Re: US Pilot Badge what is it.

    A great start, thanks'

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    lunkenheimer
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    Default Re: US Pilot Badge what is it.

    Sometimes the marking 1/20 means that the item is 'gold filled' with 1/20 of the total weight being gold (in this case, white gold)

    Gold filled is somewhat a misnomer since the outer layer is gold and the inside is base metal (brass typically)

    But, the 1/20 should have a following mark as in 1/20 w.g. or 1/20 g.f. where w.g. means white gold and g.f. means gold filled.

    Check for other marks and they may give the answer. These markings are based on jeweler's practice more than any military requirement.

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