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Good evening Gentlemen,

The increasing interest into WW1 stuff and RFC in particular makes prices soar dramatically in this domain.

Loads of "original-looking-or-declared-so" copies are therefore flooding the market.

Hence my question: "What about these RFC wings?" "Original or fake"?

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Hi Mike,

                I have attached a pic of the reverse of 2 WW1 RFC/RAF wings that I known are genuine and period.

Both came directly from the families 

The backing cloth is a good help as it must almost impossible for the fakers to get 

 One is fine gauge linen the other fine gauge twill (diagonal weave)

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4 hours ago, steelbonnet said:

Hi Mike,

                I have attached a pic of the reverse of 2 WW1 RFC/RAF wings that I known are genuine and period.

Both came directly from the families 

The backing cloth is a good help as it must almost impossible for the fakers to get 

 One is fine gauge linen the other fine gauge twill (diagonal weave)

IMG_7702.jpeg

Hi, I'm assuming the lower (black) backing is Raf, not RFC, is so then that would fit in with what I would expect based on what I have, the one posted by jean-sam has a ww2 look about the shape which would suggest modernist manufacture for rfc/raf just change the initials in my opinion, added ww2 new Zealand wings, only ones I have access to at the moment

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Hello again,

I have found something interesting on Bosleys' BuyWyse pages (see below), plus an interesting explanation about these RFC wings made during WW2 in Osprey's Men-at-arms series n° 112 ''British Battledress 1937-61'', plate A3, page 30.

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