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Thin wreath Juncker J2 pilot badge for review.
Old 01-19-2020, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Thin wreath Juncker J2 pilot badge for review.

Hi guys,

this bird recently found it's way into my collection. A thin wreath Juncker J2 pilot badge. In my opinion these are more rare than the regular thick version.The badge has great detail overall and is in a nice, light worn condition.Comes in an early type of case, seeing the imprint on the case i believe badge and case always belonged together.

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Old 01-19-2020, 11:52 AM   #2
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:53 AM   #3
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A close up of the eagle head. It took me many attempts to get a decent shot of it.I wanted to highlight the sideways laying 'S' near the eye. I have seen it before on other J2 badges in my collection but it was never so outspoken as on this example.Confirms that these flat wreath J2's are most likely the earliest versions of this type produced as the die looks very crisp and their early brother also have a thin wreath. The 'S' is a very tiny detail that is impossible to see with the naked eye. On a close up picture it looks useless but when you look at the badge from a distance you will notice that the 'S' further enhances the expression and mean look of the J2 by creating a relief in the eye area. Carved intentionally into the die. A visionary way of designing. You have to know how it will look like on the badge before you carve it in the die. Once it's there, there is no way back. For such a small detail that's amazing.I don't think that there are many people today on this planet who can create a die like that without using modern technology. A true craft!
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:06 PM   #4
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:40 PM   #5
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Wow, that's a really fantastic find! Very rare transition piece and so great condition with untouched patina
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Old 01-19-2020, 01:09 PM   #6
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Fantastic set!
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Old 01-19-2020, 01:32 PM   #7
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Georgous early J2 Jelle. Fantastic piece.

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Old 01-19-2020, 01:38 PM   #8
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Great looking early J2





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Old 01-19-2020, 01:56 PM   #9
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Hi Jelle,

Very nice transitional Juncker J2 in nicely worn condition, really a beauty with some great character and patina. Great early case too

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Old 01-19-2020, 04:37 PM   #10
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Hi guys,

this bird recently found it's way into my collection. A thin wreath Juncker J2 pilot badge. In my opinion these are more rare than the regular thick version.The badge has great detail overall and is in a nice, light worn condition.Comes in an early type of case, seeing the imprint on the case i believe badge and case always belonged together.

Jelle
Very nice cased J2 Pilot Jelle! Interesting...I knew that J1, J2 & J3 used different design/thickness weaths but didnt know there were a thin & a thick version of the J2 wreath. My Pilot wreath looks the same thickness as yours and I just beleived it was standard for this variant since my J2 Observer uses the same wreath as well IMO. Any "thick wreath" J2 to compare?

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Old 01-19-2020, 05:09 PM   #11
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Congrats Jelle, that's a beauty!
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:14 PM   #12
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The thin wreath J2 is my favorite pilot badge. They can be found with cut outs on the legs as well. I believe they came in to existence in 1938.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:28 PM   #13
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:57 PM   #14
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Hi JC,

A comparison...

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Old 01-20-2020, 03:25 AM   #15
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Beauuuutil piece Jelle. This type of J2 is also the one I kept nin my colletcion!
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