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Old 12-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #11
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I can't answer your questions! I can't answer the majority of propeller questions asked of me.

The diameter of 2800mm was used on German naval aircraft. Is the word Kiel or KW Kiel stamped on the blade root near the hub? If so, it belonged to the Imperial German Navy. But the markings on the hub are not the usual German markings for Army or Navy and they are like some markings I have seen on Italian WW1 propellers, which is not yet something I have studied. I don't know what they mean.

When did Italy enter WW1? I think it was a little later than August 1914. Perhaps the Corpo Aeronautico Militare or the Regia Nautica bought engines and props from Germany after August 1914 but before Italy joined the war?

I think your propeller originally had six bolt holes and some more added later.

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Old 12-02-2013, 03:17 PM   #12
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Thanks!

I understand you.. Should not be easy answer to all the crazy questions that make those crazy collectors!!!!

There's a sort of logo followed by '14' on the hub. And one of the two 'interlaced' letters I'm quite sure that's a 'K'.. Could be that the naval marking?

Italy began the WWI on May, 23 1915. So could have bought some propellers and engine from their former allied.

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I count 10 bolt holes, consisting of two separate 5 hole patterns. Most peculiar, but it might help narrow down an engine . . .


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Old 12-02-2013, 07:55 PM   #14
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Hallo!

Yep, ten.. I had lost one hole!!!

You think that could help to find the engine to which it was attached?

About the markings .. more than italian style seems to me more british.. italians would not have written 'type'...
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #15
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The 5 hole hub should certainly eliminate many, many of the commonly used engines around WW1. Whether it will positively identify the correct one remains to be seen. You might consider posting that question on theaerodrome.com, where there are some very knowledgeable WW1 historians.

Mis-stampings on propellers were surprisingly common, although that might not explain "Type" on yours. I do think that the stamper thought he had an "I" when he actually had a "J", however, and realized it one strike too late.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:08 PM   #16
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Thanks Dave!

I didn't knew about the common practice of mis-stampings!
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:49 AM   #17
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Hi there!

About the wood in which was made my propeller, in an antique shop, a guy tolds me that is mahogany. Would be correct?

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Old 12-11-2013, 10:26 AM   #18
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It might be, but it looks a little too light in color to me. Walnut is another possibility, but sometimes it's impossible to be sure. Other woods were certainly used.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:05 PM   #19
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I'll ask for again to the antique shop!

By the way, Dave, Bob or some other else member... there's any pic that shows a propeller like this on period image? I have check on google, but I wasn't be able to found a propeller whit decal like mine!

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Old 12-22-2013, 04:58 AM   #20
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Nobody!

Does not exist any period photos showing these kind of decals?

Happy holidays!

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