NM specimen. Classic bi-plane pilot wearing the pilot's headgear of choice of the era.
Betty Dials was truly the "Queen of Blades" and a tremendous advocate of bringing RBW collecting to the US. She has been an honored guests & great speaker at RBW events all over the US for decades. Betty & her husband owned a well regarded antique business in Alabama for many years. Over the years, they accumulated tens of thousands of collectible vintage blades.
On retirement, they sold the brick'n'mortars antique store but kept their blade hoard to sell off during their golden years.
Let me tell you, Mrs Dials knew her blades. What was rare & what was not and what they were worth. She was one tough cookie when it came to negotiating.
She only had one of these & got much tougher when negotiating with me to buy this rare blade. She knew how scarce a specimen it was & if I wanted it I had to pay her price for it. I wanted it & she got her price :)
Old 3 round hole blade indicative of the 1930s