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I picked these WW1 (I think) patches up tonight. Can anyone help me to ID them? The first two are machine embroidered onto wool. The other ones are machine embroidered onto cotton.

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Am I right in thinking the top two are insanely rare avaiation patches for Americans in the foreign Legion?

I dont know about originality, but I am guessing something in that direction....

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The one on the left is the 94th Squadron (Hat in Ring Squadron) was commanded by CPT Eddie Rickenbacker Americas Ace of Aces; the one on the right is for the Layette Espadrille; The other three are Coastal Artillery Corp Gunners to Mine Co the top and right one are 2nd Class Gunners and the one on the left is a 1st Class Gunner. All great looking patches.

Regards,

John

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Thanks for the great information. I normally don’t collect WW1 Patches, but when I saw them they just looked neat, I gave $70 US for the lot, did I over paid(again)?

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I had a friend who collect WW2 patches, when he look at the 94th Aero Squadron patch; he said that all of the 94th patches should be a round patch? He said that the 94th and the Lafayette Escadrille patch could be enlisted-men patches .Could he be right, do they appear original to you guys?

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I'm not an expert, but the 94th Air Squadron patches look a little too well made to my eye to be WW1 era. The 94th has existed since WWI as a unit - and still exists today in the USAF; these could be from a later period or even be souvenir pieces. Considering the lineage and Rickenbacker connection, I'd expect a single original 94th Aero Sqdn WWI era patch to go for more than $70 a piece.

Like I said, I'm not an expert, but I think this falls into the too good to be true category.

Only one I can find online - and it's round. Looks a little more original, but then again; one never knows for sure. (Original site is an auction site with hidden "sold" prices.)

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George of Ohio - I can't comment on the aero patchs, but the mine planter patches are rare in themselves. No expert, but at least $50.00 each. Cheers Captain Albert

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