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British Firmin Glider Pilots wing
« on: September 13, 2016, 06:15:20 AM »
I've been offered this GP wing however it's supposedly made by Firmin of London. I know these have been reproduced so I want to know if it is a genuine wartime example. Any thoughts appreciated.

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Re: British Firmin Glider Pilots wing
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2016, 06:35:12 AM »
You're right to be cautious Neil because "British-made" WW2 US wings are a bit of a minefield. I've seen "Firmin" and "Gaunt" wings and insignia sold on facsimiles of the maker's cards (not as fakes, but as "honest" repros) These were of good quality and almost certainly cast with moulds made from originals, and good enough to fool all but the most expert of collectors. Personally, I like to see traces of wear 'n' tear, for example like a bit of a kink in the pin which suggests its been used. With regard to the wing above, at a glance it looks ok, but I think it's really a case of having it in the hand before deciding yay or nay!

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Re: British Firmin Glider Pilots wing
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 06:53:59 AM »
Thanks Ian. I am decidedly cautious about these wings. He's a friend who has had them for some time but that's not to say that he got duped many moons ago when he bought them.

I'd love it if somebody had a bona fide set of Firmin Glider Piltos wings so I could compare them to this one.

Maybe it's best to leave these well alone due to my doubts.

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Re: British Firmin Glider Pilots wing
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 07:27:21 AM »
Better safe than sorry. Can't you have them "on approval"?


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Re: British Firmin Glider Pilots wing
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 08:51:31 AM »
I'll ask him for more detailed photographs.
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