ITEM# 01092011-7
Description  Nationalist Chinese WWII AF Buttons as Worn on Flying Tigers Uniform Caps
Price $ 8.00/set

01092011_7_1   Years ago we worked on a movie titled Flying Tigers, which, quite literally, never got off the ground. Before the crew folded their tents and went home we were tasked with commissioning a run of WWII Nationalist Chinese uniform buttons, as worn by the American Volunteer Group (AVG)—the famed Flying Tigers (see Pistole’s A Pictorial History of the Flying Tigers for multiple images of these buttons in use). This we did, working with the Waterbury Button Company which manufactured the same buttons during the Second World War. In fact, they used their original dies for our run—until the stamps broke. As a result, ours are the only such buttons you’re likely to see—ever. This pair of cuff-sized buttons can be used to convert (along with one of our embroidered insignia—see the listing) a crusher cap to AVG configuration, or to complete the M43-style Chinese field cap which the Flying Tigers also wore. The buttons are stamped of brass, heavily gilded, and feature a Nationalist star within multiple encircling rings on the obverse; Waterbury backmarks and military affixing shank on the reverse. You can have fun with these.