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U.S. jumpwing information please....

Article about: Fellow collectors, I just picked up a pair of U.S. jump wings at a local flea market and I need some background information. They are basic jump wings, WWII type, with a solid back (not stam

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    Fellow collectors,
    I just picked up a pair of U.S. jump wings at a local flea market and I need some background information. They are basic jump wings, WWII type, with a solid back (not stamped) with pin and clasp. In relief in a circle on the back of the parachute are the words STERLING BY (G)RBER". I believe the first letter is a "G" but could be an "O".
    I could not find any information about this maker on the web, or really any maker for that matter. My question is : Is this a WWII issued set of jumpwings or 50's vintage medal? Any information anyone can furnish would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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    Could you put some pictures up.

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    Cricketchris,
    These are the best closeups I could get on my aging camera. Hope they are good enough.
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    It is sterling by Orber
    end of war badge
    A distinctive raised disc hallmark
    ww2.

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    Thank you Chris. This was a $5.00 purchase. Definitely got my money's worth. -Armond

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    Quote by soldat251 View Post
    Thank you Chris. This was a $5.00 purchase. Definitely got my money's worth. -Armond
    That is a very good deal.

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    Nice catch. Values on airborne stuff has gotten insane.

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    What a great find for only $5................!

    I think it is an earlier badge, and very rare with this makers mark !
    This is the first para badge I've come across displaying this maker.
    It is occasionally seen on USAAF wings.

    The letters are in a circle to reflect the 'Orb' aspect of the name and form a logo of sorts.

    After a time the Orber company shared it's manufacturing dies with others and the
    'Orber' name was obliterated. It appears as a mass of metal on later wings
    where only the company name has been scratched out of the die.

    I also think some collectors would pay $100.00 and possibly more for this pin !
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    soldat251
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    Thanks for the info Steve. This is good to know if I ever want to part with it.

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