I must admit that my experience with this maker is VERY limited as I have never handled an original. I am on the fence with this one as to whether this cliche' type (instead of massive/solid) strike was used by this firm. I do like the fact that appears die struck as I don't think Gaunt is known to have cast wings, and I like that it has incised stars...however, it looks like tarnish on the "gold" letters (maybe just the lighting) - if it is tarnish, that is a no no.
There are a couple of concerns however for me on this one. First, I do not believe that JR Gaunt produced the J/RMA version of this badge. Second, again, the appearance of the gold US.
Someone please enlighten me if I am not correct as I am always willing to learn.
My thoughts about this badge are that it is either:
1. A fake or period original broken/ or deliberately "modified" MA badge that someone is trying to push as a rarer version of the two badges.
2. The aviator of the time decided to clip a pair of wings because he liked the particular design of this maker. However, if this was the case, one would think that he would be willing to spend a few cents to have a jeweler make the revision and add an additional post.
I think #1 above is the more probable of the two scenarios.