This is the second
of two pieces of German aircraft fabric from the right aside of
a Pfalz D.XII rudder. This was acquired in early 2006 from
Dennis Gordon who acquired it from the Steve St. Martin
collection when is was broken up after his death. As is
the case with the other rudder panel in The Aero Conservancy
collection, written in pencil on the reverse is “D 12” for the
D. XII in the name of the aircraft, Pfalz D. XII . The photograph below is the
reverse side against which can be seen rust stains about 12" apart
and that is the approximate spacing between the top and middle tube
of the three horizontal metal tubes or ribs of the Pfalz D.XII rudder.
There are threads coming through the back where the fabric would
have been tied onto the tubes; on the front they are covered by
strips of horizontal fabric.